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May 2 

I 2 Earn Your Steel Stripes 

Gaze upon the hottest look in blade finishes. By Joe Kertzman 

I 8 Best Factory Knives For The Money 

Knife pros rate them regardless of style or cost. By Steve Shackleford 

24 At the Head of the World Class 

Top custom makers of tactical folders and fixed blades. By Mike Haskew 

30 Choil: What, Where and Why? 

Re-examine the blade cutout — as well as the finger choil. By Durwood Hollis 

34 Proactive Approach to Collecting 
Custom Knives 

Collector Larry Abramson goes straight to the source. By Mike Haskew 

42 Knives that Pass the Moose Test 

Bladesmith Jason Knight's knives do it sharp. By Anthony Lombardo 

46 EDGES Lock-Solid Lockback Folding 

The practical design is a collectible on the rise. By Richard D. White 

51 Purple Heart Knife for a Purple 
Heart Hero 

J. Neilson makes a special piece for Sgt. Jacob Knospler. By BLADE® staff 

ST The Dual-Bolster Tilt-Folder Mechanism 

A premier maker explains how it came about and how he makes it. By Bertie Rietveld 

86 Mystery of The Tunstall Bowie Part it 

The search for the knife's provenance continues. By James Batson 

90 Tackling the Mixed-Up Steel Problem 

To avoid confusion, label the steel. By Wayne Goddard 

94 Foster, Rhea Qualify For World 
Cutting Title 

Competition at Batson's will determine final qualifier. By B.R. Hughes 

I 04 They're Hot! But Not Too Hot To Handle 

Consider the best handles for using and collecting. By David Rhea 


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6 Readers Respond 

7 Cover Story 
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23 The Knife I Carry 

54 Guild Directions 

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This Is Your Column! And we want to know what you think. 
Do you like what you've read in BLADE®? Do you have a 
complaint? A suggestion? An opinion you'd like to share with 
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our website: www.blademag.com or e-mail: blademagazine@ 
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the space available. 

Incomplete Without D.E.? 

I have been following the debate in 
BLADE's® "Readers Respond" about 
whether or not D.E. Henry should be inducted 
into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall Of 
Fame™. I completely agree with the positive 
letter you published from Larry K. Williams 
in the February BLADE, which makes 
further justification redundant and nay saying 
difficult, it seems to me. 

Mr. Henry was one of my earliest 
knifemaking stars after I began seriously 
collecting knives in 1971, so I was kind of 
thrilled to see that he had a table at a gun 
and knifemaker's show at the Anaheim 
Convention Center in 1974. It was also my 
first opportunity to buy a knife directly from 
a "known" maker, but I was an R.N. with a 
young family at home and had only a hundred 
dollars to spend, so it was with a certain 
degree of trepidation mixed with respect that 
I approached the great man's table. 

As I admired the several bowies displayed 
there, knives that totally eclipsed any I 
had ever seen or expected to see, I noticed 
that Henry was staring at me in a sort of 
challenging way, an assessment which he 
validated a moment later with a gruff, "See 
anything you like?" 

"Sure, I like everything, and if I can 
ever afford it, I'm going to get one of your 

"Yeah, and if you live long enough, you 
may be able to have me reach you on my 
waiting list, too!" 

I had never met a rude knifemaker before 
but any temptation I might have felt to reply 
in kind was overwhelmed by my admiration 
for the man, so I nodded, smiled and moved 
on to other tables. 

It was not long before I realized that he 
had followed me. He began baiting me with 
remarks like an incredulous, "Do you like 
that knife?" and so forth. I decided to ignore 
him in the hope that he would go away. That 
did not work. 

I finally worked my way back around to 
the table of Hall-Of-Famer Jimmy Lile, where 
I had decided to invest my money. I had 
admired one of his No. 24 toothpicks with an 
8-inch blade and a crown-stag handle. And 
the price was just under a hundred dollars. 

As I made my selection and Mr. Lile 
got the sheath out for me, I could not help 
thinking, "Here I am at my first real knife 
show and I'm standing between one of the 

most notorious jerks and one of the nicest 
guys in knifemaking." And I could see that 
Mr. Lile was also enjoying the situation as 
Henry sidled up and said in my ear, "I knew 
you were going to buy that one." 

With the deed done, I stepped away from 
Lile's table and was about to start looking 
for my buddy at one of the gun tables when 
Henry planted himself in front of me for a last 

"I noticed that you looked at all of the 
ivory-handled knives on the tables but you 
never picked one up." 

"Well, I do like ivory on a knife but I like 
it even better on the elephant." 

A grin spread across his face as he heartily 
said, "Now that is one thing that we can agree 
on!" and he stuck out his hand. 

As we shook hands, he confided, "You 
made a good choice," and headed back to his 
table, leaving me confused in my feelings but 
glad, at least, to have met the man and honored 
to have seen the excellence of his work which, 
after all, was what really mattered in the end. 

I still have the Lile toothpick and a lot 
of other fine handmades acquired in over 30 
years of collecting, but I was never able to lay 
my hands on a D.E. Henry blade. And that 
was my loss. 

In my estimation, the Cutlery Hall Of 
Fame without recognition of D.E. Henry 
is incomplete, as it would be without Hall- 
Of-Famer Bob Loveless, who certainly has 
a checkered past, and Hall-Of-Famers like 
Jimmy Lile and Bill Moran. And to add 
a couple of my favorites, I would say that 
the Hall is lame without the recognition of 
makers Merle Seguine, George Stone and 
Walter Kneubuhler, all of whom brought 
something special and unique to the world of 

JohnL. Iwersen, Santa Ana, California 

Ornerier Than Bowie? 

I began collecting custom knives in 1968 
and attended the first Knifemakers' Guild 
Show in 1972, so I have seen the knife 
industry evolve from a scattered few makers 
to what it is today. Over the years, a small 
number of knifemakers has influenced and 
elevated the entire industry. D.E. Henry was 
one of them. 

Henry was so ornery that I refused to 
buy knives from him when he was alive, 

but I always knew he deserved a place in 
the contemporary history of knifemaking. 
He deserves to be in the Blade Magazine 
Cutlery Hall Of Fame™. For all we know, 
Jim Bowie might have been just as ornery as 
D.E. Henry — and that did not keep Bowie out 
of the Hall. 

Phil Lobred, San Diego, California 

Ship Ahead of Time 

I read with great interest Dexter Ewing's 
story on traveling with knives in the August 
BLADE. It contained some valuable advice. 
He says something to the effect that there 
have not been widespread reports of thefts 
at security checkpoints at airports. I suspect 
the majority of thefts of knives or other items 
from luggage go unreported. 

I was a victim of a theft on my way to 
cover the 2004 Knifemakers' Guild Show. I 
had packed a Queen toothpick with a coco- 
bolo handle in a leather sheath for belt carry 
in my luggage, along with other knives, as I 
did not want to be bladeless in Orlando. 

When I unpacked at the host hotel, I 
found the knife to be missing. Luckily for me, 
the thief had overlooked another more expen- 
sive pocketknife in my luggage. Since I flew 
from Tyler, Texas, I suspect the theft occurred 
there, though it could have happened in Hous- 
ton, where I had a connecting flight. 

When I began my return journey, I asked 
that my luggage be inspected and sealed 
in my presence and explained why. They 
claimed they did not have any of the plastic 
tags they use to seal luggage! 

When I told a nice lady at the security 
checkpoint that a knife had been stolen on my 
way there, she asked why I had not reported it. 
"What good would that have done?" I replied, 
since the theft was only discovered hours after 
arrival in Orlando. She had no response. 

Meanwhile, I had shipped the good 
samples I had picked up at the show by UPS, 
as well as the knives I had carried with me to 
the show (minus the stolen one). 

I think Dexter's advice to ship knives to 
your destination, where practical, is sound. 
As for me, I probably will buy a Chinese 
knockoff at the BLADE Show and either put 
it with stuff to ship back to Texas, or throw it 
away if I do not have anything to send back. 

Mac Overton, Gilmer, Texas 

6 / BLADE 


MAY 2006 

cover story 


Tigerstriping' is basically where we 
take our black-titanium-nitride-coated 
blades and do a removal process to give 
them a black-and-gray Tigerstripe effect," 
says Chris Cashbaugh of SOG Specialty 
Knives. SOG debuted this issue's cover 
knife— the SOG SEAL Pup Elite with a 
Tigerstriped blade— at the 2006 S.H.O.T. 
Show in Las Vegas. 

The knife features a Tigerstriped, black- 
titanium-nitride-coated AUS-8 blade with 
a rasp on the spine for notching, filing 
and thumb placement, a checkered-Zytel® 
handle with integral guard, and a Kydex® 
sheath. The manufacturer's suggested retail 
price: $128, as compared to $118 without 
the Tigerstriped blade treatment. 

"We thought the Tigerstriping was 
something new we could do with the black 
blade coating. It's reminiscent of camou- 
flage blade patterns of the Korean and 
Vietnam War eras," Cashbaugh suggests. 
"Some blades were black, tan and olive 
green, and the camo wasn't a round 
pattern, but striped." 

For more information, see the related 
story on page 12. Or contact SOG Specialty 
Knives, attn: C. Cashbaugh, Dept. BL5, 
6521 212th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036 
425.771.6230 sogsales@sogknives.com. 

The cover photo is by Bob Best. The 
inset photo is of President George W. 
Bush presenting the Purple Heart to Sgt. 
Jacob Knospler on his birthday — Dec. 
11, 2004. For more on the "Purple Heart 
Knife," see the related story on page 5 1 . 

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This knife is the fourth edition in a series of the President's Choice. 
American pride and craftsmanship are just two of the reasons why Robert J. 
Breton made this choice. 

Presentation grade mother of pearl coined end Baby Sunfish (3-5/8" Closed). 
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MAY 2006 


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Veterans Through the PVA 

The story on page 51 about the knife 
J. Neilson made for Sgt. Jacob Kno- 
spler focuses attention on a question 
we should all be asking ourselves: Who is 
caring for our wounded veterans, many of 
whom require wheelchairs or prosthetic 
devices, not only in terms of medical and 
other services but in their re-acclimation to 
civilian life after the debilitating physical 
and psychological traumas of war? 

One of the organizations that is helping 
is the Paralyzed Veterans of America 
(PVA). According to the website www. 
pvaheritagefund.org, "since 1946, the PVA, 
a Congressionally chartered nonprofit 
veterans service organization, has been 
dedicated to providing quality outdoor 
sports opportunities for paralyzed veterans 
and others with disabilities," opportunities 
designed "to promote a lifetime of health 
and fitness. The programs encompass a 
wide variety of activities from local 
to national levels and facilitate full 
individual participation. 

"In 2002, the PVA Outdoor 
Recreation Heritage Fund was 
established to permanently endow 
PVA's many outdoor sports programs 
... mostly the traditional kind such 
as fishing, boating, recreational 
shooting, and hunting. Donations 
are tax deductible and will remain in 
the fund generating perpetual annual 

The PVA Heritage Fund is the 
proud holder of the Independent 
Charities Seal of Excellence. The 
seal is awarded to members of the 
Independent Charities of America 
(ICA) and Local Independent 
Charities of America that have, upon 
rigorous independent review, certified, 
documented and demonstrated on an 
annual basis that they meet the highest 
standards of public accountability, 
program effectiveness, and cost 
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Of the million charities operating in 

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the USA, it is estimated that fewer than 
50,000 meet or exceed those standards. Of 
that number, fewer than 2,000 have been 
awarded the Seal of Excellence. 

You can donate to the PVA — you 
would be surprised at how fast individual 
$25 donations mount into the millions of 
dollars — or you can buy one or more of the 
new Zero Tolerance (ZT) Knives, a team 
effort by Kershaw and Strider Knives, with 
a portion of the proceeds of the sale of each 
ZT knife going toward the PVA Heritage 

Knifemaker and Kershaw knife designer 
Ken Onion, along with Jeff Goddard and 
other Kershaw officials, recently traveled 
to Washington, D.C., where they met with 
members of the PVA. The PVA members 
visit with our young men and women 
who have been seriously wounded and/ 
or disabled in combat, elevating their 

spirits and serving as models of disabled 
individuals who have gone on to lead 
productive, rewarding lives. In addition, 
the PVA raises money for disabled veterans 
to help them readjust to civilian life. 
Needless to say, the PVA members were an 
inspiration to Ken, Jeff and company. 

While in our nation's capital, Ken, Jeff 
and the other Kershaw officials visited 
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where 
they met some of our injured and paralyzed 
veterans who are recovering from wounds 
suffered in the Iraq and Afghanistan 
conflicts. It was a moving experience, one 
Ken said had a huge impact on the Kershaw 
contingent and that they will never forget. 
As you might imagine, it cemented their 
resolve to make the ZT knife project a 

At press time, the ZT knives were 
slated to debut at the 2006 SHOT Show 
in Las Vegas. For more on them, 
stay tuned to upcoming issues of 

For more information on how to 
get your ZT knives, see your local 
knife retailer or contact Kershaw, 
attn: Thomas Welk, Dept. BL5, 
18600 SW Teton Ave., Tualatin, 
OR 97062 800.325.2891 www. 
kershawknives.com. For more 
about the PVA Heritage Fund, call 
877.782.3648 wwwpvaheritagefund. 
org or www.pva.org. 

DeFreest Passes 

William Gordon "Bill" DeFreest, a 
long-time knifemaker, succumbed 
to an illness Nov. 12. He was 62. 
Based in Barnwell, South Carolina, 
Bill sold his first knife in 1974. He 
made utility straight knives and 
folders, including hunters, fighters 
and boot knives, and lockbacks 
and slip joints. His mark was 
"GORDON." A talented, easy- 
going maker, he loved the outdoors 
and was admired by his peers. His 
wife, Dotty P. DeFreest, two sons, 
a daughter and three grandsons 
survive him. 


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MAY 2006 

In fashion news: Stripes are in this 
year. Discard that all-black look that 
was so yesterday and step into a fresh, 
striped arrangement, maybe opting 
for a black-and-gray effect that is sure to turn 
a few heads. 

No, you haven't picked up your wife's 
Glamour magazine by mistake — you're 
reading BLADE®. And, yes, stripes are in 
this year — as the pattern of choice for other- 
wise-black-coated blades. Several knifemak- 
ers and companies add the option of striped 
blades to new and existing knife models in 
their lines. 

Josh Lee of Strider Knives says, as re- 
cently as five years ago, folders and fixed 
blades considered "tactical" almost exclu- 
sively featured non-reflective black or bead- 
blasted blades and handles. "Initially, all 
Strider Knives were bead blasted, and now 
that has evolved into what we call 'Strider 
striping,'" he notes. 

The origin of Strider striping goes back 
to November 1998. "In using ATS-34 and 
BG-42 steels, when the blades would come 
back from heat treating and before they 
were bead blasted, they'd be black or a dark 
color like brown or reddish. One time, Mick 
[Strider] striped one with the bead blaster, 
and we thought it looked cool — almost like 
tiger stripes," Lee relates. 

Now that Strider offers CPM S30V 
blade steel instead of ATS-34 or BG-42, 
the blades no longer come back from the 
heat treater with black or dark finishes. Lee 
says Strider applies a black-oxide finish to 
CPM S30V blades, then bead blasts them, 
selectively taking off the finish to achieve 
a striped pattern. (For an example of Strid- 
er striping, see the knives on p. 25.) 

The Strider RC frame -lock folder sports 
a 4-inch, modified-spear-point-style CPM 
S30V blade in a Strider stripe finish, a grooved- 
titanium frame and matching grooved- G- 10 
handle scales. The manufacturer's suggested 
retail price (MSRP) is $675. 

"The initial reasoning behind blade strip - 

ing was to add a camouflage quality to the 
blades," Lee notes. "It breaks up or 'patterns' 
the knives for those who want their gear to 
blend into the wilderness, and it's non-reflec- 
tive. Most of the customers for Strider-striped 
blades are in the military; law enforcement 
officers usually opt for bead-blasted blades." 

To Chris Cashbaugh of SOG Specialty 
Knives, what his company calls "Tigerstrip- 
ing" harkens back to classic blade patterning. 
"Tigerstriping is reminiscent of camouflage 
blade patterns of the Korean and Vietnam 
War eras," he suggests. "Some blades were 
black, tan and olive green, and the camo 
wasn't a round pattern, but striped." 

To achieve a Tigerstripe blade pattern. 
SOG discriminately removes the black-ti- 

tanium-nitride coating applied to some 
of its knife models. "Blades striped gray 
and black provide a distinct, low-reflective 
pattern, which goes along with the tacti- 
cal trend that has been going on in knives," 
Cashbaugh says. 

"A lot of it is aesthetics," he admits. "It 
appeals to the eye of the customer. It's a form 
of camouflage because it's derived from that, 
but not in the traditional sense. Tigerstriping 
is new, it's stealth and aggressive looking." 

Spotting Stripes from 10 Feet 

For Strider, blade striping furthers brand 
recognition. "It has become an unofficial 
trademark for Strider Knives," Lee pro- 
poses. "You go into Plaza Cutlery [a retail 

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our Strider striping." 

An added bonus to a titanium-nitride 
finish is that it furthers corrosion resistance 
and does not scratch or wear off as easily as 
Teflon™, Lee notes. "All finishes will come 
off of knives; we've yet to find a blade finish 
that will not scratch off," he says. "The areas 
we sandblast to achieve the gray stripes are 
more susceptible to corrosion, but that's why 
we use S30V steel. It's less susceptible to cor- 
rosion than BG-42 or ATS-34 blade steels." 

"It doesn't flake or peal off — the TiNi 
coating is actually embedded into the metal," 
Cashbaugh says, "but it will wear off in time 
when the metal is worn away through use. 
After we Tigerstripe the blades, we wipe 
them down with an anti-rust inhibitor, like 

"Tigerstriping existing coated blades in 
our line adds little to no retail cost — about 
$10, if anything," Cashbaugh adds. "There 
are a couple models in the line, like the 
SOG Trident Folder, in which the Tiger- 
stripe-blade versions are outselling the 
black-blade models." 

According to Cashbaugh, SOG is adding 

at least two new Tigerstriped knives to its 
product line in 2006, and one of those is this 
issue's cover knife — the SEAL Pup Elite. 
It sports a titanium-nitride- coated AUS-8 
blade with a rasp on the spine for notching, 
filing and thumb placement, an injection- 
molded, glass-reinforced-nylon handle and 
a Kydex® sheath. The MSRP with a Tiger- 
striped blade: $128, as opposed to $118 for 
an all-black blade. 

Like the proverbial tiger, knifemaker 
Peter Marzitelli doesn't mind showing his 
stripes. His latest blade-and-handle fin- 
ish is "cyber-camo," a digitalized- style 
blade and handle application he achieves 
through satin finishing the steel and then 
bead blasting it in certain areas. 

"My 'Tanktanium' folder has an S30V 
blade and a 6AL-4V titanium handle," Marz- 
itelli notes. "After satin-finishing the blade, I 
apply a bead-blast camo to both the blade 
and handle. I cut a design out of vinyl, and 
using the vinyl as a stencil, I lay it over the 
blade and handle, bead blasting through the 
cut-out areas. The parts of the knife under 
the vinyl are left with a gray or silver satin 
finish, and the cut-out areas are bead-blasted 
dark-gray or black. 

"I can do a lot of patterns and colors," 

says, The striped, titan lum-based powder 
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Marzitelli adds. "When I heat treat a 
blade, it starts to turn colors, and when I 
temper it, other colors are revealed. I can 
play with whatever colors come out of the 
heat-treat furnace." 

The blade, handle and titanium pocket 
clip of Marzitelli's Tanktanium locking-liner 
folder are completely "cyber-camo" finished. 
The maker's list price: $600. 

Make Mine a Black And Tan 

Though most of his customers who buy black- 
and-gray or camouflage-patterned blades 
prefer tactical folders, Marzitelli says hunters 
like a subdued black-and-tan look. "I've been 
bead blasting stripes on blades for 15 years," 
the maker claims. "With so many hunters in 
Canada, we're not real big on black-and-gray 
camo, preferring the more subdued tan." 

Chris Koppe, president of Ruko LLC, 
says tan is the base color of the desert-cam- 
ouflage blade finish available on the Fox 
FX-G2DC fixed-blade tanto. "It's a Teflon™ 
paint applied in layers," Koppe notes. "You 
have a base coat of tan, then gray, magenta 
and black. It's a break-up, silhouette, camou- 
flage pattern." 

The knife sports a 6 1/2-inch, partially 
serrated, modified-tanto- style N690 cobalt- 
vanadium blade in the desert-camouflage 
coating, a Forprene Polyolefin polymer 
handle and a digital-camo, ballistic-nylon 
sheath. It weighs 15.4 ounces and carries an 

"We sell some through the Marine Corps 
bases, so the assumption is that, if a Ma- 
rine is willing to pony up that kind of cash, 
he's going into combat. The knives in this 
price range are geared more toward Special 
Operations," Koppe says. "We introduced 
knives with the coating at the 2005 S.H.O.T. 
Show and started delivering them in or 
around July of the same year. Sell-through 
has been good so far." 

Ruko offers four fixed blades with des- 
ert-camouflage-coated blades, as well as 10 
folders that feature a combination of desert- 
camo blades and handles. "We're looking at 
producing an olive-drab 'urban camo' han- 
dle coating for knives that will have specific 
military applications," Koppe reveals. 

"I tell you what," begins Morgan Taylor 
of Taylor Cutlery, "we sell a lot of 'Urban 
Titanium Camo' knives to military and 
police members who like the shadowing 
effects of the blades. The blades blend in 
with their surroundings, and black and 
gray are manly colors." 

Morgan claims Taylor Cutlery has a de- 
sign patent on the Urban Titanium Camo 
stripes of the Smith & Wesson CKSURC 
Homeland Security knife. The full-tang, 
fixed-blade tanto, which sports an 8 3/16- 
inch, titanium-powder-coated 440C blade 
and a G-10 handle, weighs 17 ounces and 
carries an MSRP of $99.99. 

16 /BLADE 


MAY 2006 

"We also offer the Urban Camo on several 
frame -lock folders and LinerLocks®," Mor- 
gan says. "I've sold a bunch of Urban Camo 
knives at shows to mothers whose sons and 
daughters are in the military and being de- 
ployed. They need good, sturdy tools. 

"The coating looks hot," he adds. "Is it 
a fad? I don't think it will go away. When 
something new like this comes along in 
the industry, all knifemakers and manu- 
facturers appreciate it, and it has an actual 
use — it doesn't reflect light and it shadows 
well. We have a military in this country 
that's interested in useful, tough edged 
tools and weapons." 

Mick Strider agrees. "I took the first 
Strider-striped blade out and ran some tests. 
It was incredible the way it broke up the 
pattern of the knife. Even when forced to 
reflect light, it didn't look like a knife," he 
says. "The practical purpose of a non-re- 
flective finish on a knife is to break up the 
shape and force the eye to think it's seeing 
something else. 

"It also looks kinda cool, which is 
why so many people are doing it right 
now," he adds. 

Eye of the Tiger 

Knife writer and BLADE field editor Dex- 
ter Ewing says the late knifemaker Rob 
Simonich was instrumental in taking "ti- 
ger striping" to a new level. According to 
Ewing, Simonich would selectively mask 
areas of knife blades before sending them 
to Darrell Lewis of Bodycote Metallurgi- 
cal Coatings (now IonBond) to have them 
tungsten DLC coated. 

"I remember seeing Rob's pistol that he did 
up like that, slide and all. I think it was a 1911, 
the only tigerstriped one in existence," Ewing 
remarks. "That was definitely awesome." 

r m i M 

Though the pattern that covers the blade, handle, pocket clip and even the screws 
of Peter Marzitelli's "Tanktanium" folder is no t a traditio nal "tiger stripe," it is black, 
gray and, as Mick Strider say s, breaks up th e shape and forces the eye to think it 
is seeing something else. Marzitelli calls it a "cyber-camo" finish over a CPM S30V 
.blade, and a 6AL-4V titanium handle and pocket clip. His list price for the knife: $600. 

Jessica Colavecchio of United Cutlery 
describes customers of black-and-gray- 
striped blades as current military personnel, 
retired military members or "loyal Ameri- 
cans." "You want to support the military and 
what they're doing, so you surround yourself 
with products that support them or look like 
what they carry. That's why we partnered 
with the U.S. Army Rangers," she says. 

United's UC1441B full-tang, fixed- 
blade tanto includes a G-10 handle and a 

"Black Titanium Camo" 440C blade etched 
with the U.S. Army Ranger logo. The knife 
stretches 11 3/8 inches overall and carries 

"The striped, titanium-based powder 
coating has such a great military look, and 
it's designed for soldiers and police who are 
out in the field everyday," Colavecchio notes. 

"Knives featuring Black Titanium Camo 

blades are a growing percentage of our line. 
"If I had to compare sales of plain blades 
versus the Camo models, it's probably two- 
to-one Camo over plain," she remarks. "It 
cycles just like plain versus serrated blades. 
I see a lot of striped blades in the industry 
today. If you look around at the S.H.O.T. 
Show in a couple weeks [this issue went to 
the printer the week of the 2006 S.H.O.T. 
Show], you'll see a lot of companies with 
patterned blades." 

Lee concurs, "Tactical is no longer ugly, 
black-blade, no-frills knives. Now it's black, 
no-frills tiger-striped blades." 

For the addresses of the knifemakers and 
companies mentioned in this story, see 
"Where To Get 'Em" on page 103. 

Taylor Cutlery calls the blade boating of the Smith & 
Wesson CKSURC Homeland Security knife "Ur- 
ban Titanium Camo." Morgan \aylor says he sells 
several such models to military and police who like 
the "shadowing" effects of the blades. The CKSURC 
sports an d 3/16-inch, titanium-powder-coated 
OC blade and a G-10 handle. The MSRP: 

MAY 2006 


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A best knife buy is not necessarily an 
inexpensive one. An example is the 
Lone Wolf Paul Perfecto in gold-lip 
mother-of-pearl and Devin Thomas 
stainless steel damascus. Weight: 1.4 
ounces. Closed length: 3.1 inches. In a 
limited edition of 150, the knife carries 
an MSRP of $349.99. 

18 /BLADE 

MAY 2006 

(left) and Endura (with the blade cutting 
through the box) endure as best knife 
buys. Both boast VG-10 stainless blade 
steel and 3-D FRN synthetic handles 
with Volcano Grips. At 5 inches closed 
the Endura ranges in manufacturer's 
suggested retail price (MSRP) from 
$74.95-$91.95. Slightly smaller at 4 1/4 
inches closed, the Delica has an MSRP 
spread of $67.9 5 -$77.9 5. 

What are the best factory knives for 
the money? Some think the knives 
must be economical in terms of cost 
to qualify — but does that really pinpoint the 
best knives for the money? Not necessarily. 
For the purposes of this story, "best knife 
buys" are the best factory knives in terms of 
those that perform, offer quality construc- 
tion and provide the best values for the stated 
price. Cost makes no difference here, so the 
"best values" take into account any and all 
high-dollar pieces as well. In other words, for 
the purposes of this story, a "best knife buy" 
can cost anywhere from $1 to $1,600 and up. 
The question put to a number of people 
who sell knives for a living is what are 
the top three, four or five best knife buys, 
regardless of style — though some of our 
sources did break it down by genre in a 
couple of instances — or the cost? They 
can be anything from tactical knives to 

kitchen knives — in other words, any style 
whatsoever. They can be older, existing 
models, something brand-spanking new or 
anything in-between. Simply put, what are 
the best knife buys, period? 

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"The first ones that come to mind are the Ka- 
Bar Dozier folders, two models, the 4064 and 
4065," began Goldie Russell of A.G. Russell 
Knives in Lowell, Arkansas. "At 4 1/4 inch- 
es closed and $19.95 each [A.G. Russell's 
price], they are good, solid working knives 
with AUS-8 blade steel Rockwelling at about 
57 [Re], which makes a real good working 
blade. They are just simple knives, inexpen- 
sive but unbelievable values for the money." 

Another model that made Goldie's list — 
as well as Jason Kunkler's of the Chesapeake 
Knife & Tool retail store chain — is the BIO 
by William Henry Knives (WHK). Goldie 

Depending on materials, knives in the B10 series from William Henry Knives can 
range in MSRP anywhere from $300-$1,600. All have a handmade look and feel. The 
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has an MSRP of $450. 


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Lynn Bonds of Bonds House of Cutlery 
tabbed the Benchmade Griptilian as a 
best knife buy. Designer: Mel Pardue. 
Blade steel: 440C stainless. Handle: 
Black glass Fill Noryl GTX/Color Valox. 
Lock: AXIS. Weight: 3.25 ounces. Closed 
length: 4.62 inches. Pictured is the 
550SBKSL model with a camo handle 
and blackened blade. MSRP: $115. 

picked the BIO Titan ($300 MSRP), while 
Jason chose the BIO Nautilus ($450 MSRP). 

"[The BlO's] ZDP-189 blade steel, again, 
is just awesome," Goldie noted. "We experi- 
mented with this blade steel — A.G. was car- 
rying a BIO and I got it away from him to 
use it — and it's absolutely awesome how that 
blade works. A.G. has been saying that it's 
the best production steel in knives today and I 
believe that after carrying the Titan. If you're 
looking for a gent's knife in dress slacks, the 
Titan with ZDP steel and a titanium handle is 
as good as you can get for the price." 

"The BlO's flow from the scales, to the 
bolsters to the blade — there's an art to that 
knife that's economically right," Jason ob- 
served. "There again, not unlike with Chris 
Reeve's Mnandi" — another knife that made 
Kunkler's list — "there's something arguably 
custom grade about the BIO." 

Speaking of the Mnandi: "If money is 
no object, the Mnandi is the most overbuilt, 
compact gentleman's folder made," Jason 
maintained. He lauded the frame -lock folder 
for its craftsmanship, materials, and fit and 

finish. "The knife is indestructible and it's 
beautiful," Jason noted, "and if anything 
goes wrong with it you send it back and 
Chris makes it right." 

Another higher-end factory knife made 
the best-buy list of Lynn Bonds of Bonds 
House Of Cutlery in Las Vegas. "Damas- 
cus in folders is the biggest thing for us, and 
Lone Wolf has done a lot of damascus in the 
Paul models," she noted. An example is the 
Paul Perfecto in gold-lip mother-of-pearl 
($349.99 MSRP). 

Benchmade models made the best-buy 
lists of both Bonds and Carol Crawford of 
George & Son Cutlery in Portland, Oregon. 
Carol said the 940 Osborne ($180-$190 
MSRP) has "a very sturdy blade in a relative- 
ly lightweight format," while Lynn praised 
the Griptilian ($75-$120). 

"It's American made and the price 
is about half that of Benchmade's other 
knives," she said of the Griptilian. "It 
comes in two sizes that fit your hand and 
has beautiful performance. 

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The Heckler & 
Koch models 
made by both 
Benchmade and 
Boker drew men- 
tion as best knife 
buys. The Boker 
HK16 boasts a PVD- 
coated blade ofX-15 
T.N stainless and an 
aluminum handle with 
reptile-grip" inserts. 
Closed length: ~4 1/3 
inches. MSRP: $210. 

takes it out and shows it to everybody and 
they [want one]. It opens easy with one 
hand and comes in several colors, though 
black sells best." 

Lynn also mentioned the venerable Spy- 
derco Delica ($67.95-$77.95 MSRP) and 
Endura ($74.95-$91.95 MSRP), while Jason 
listed the Delica. "It comes in three differ- 
ent [edge configurations] — straight, half and 
half, and full serrated," Lynn said. "The half 
and half sells best. Without getting heavy 
into money, you still have a decent knife 
[with either model]." 

"I still stand by the Delica; it's hard to 
beat," Jason observed. "It's a nice workhorse. 
It doesn't matter if you're wearing gloves or 
you're left- or right-handed. The only ques- 
tion is which edge configuration." 

On the utility/tactical end, Jason men- 
tioned the Ka-Bar 1217 USMC fighting/util- 
ity knife ($70 MSRP) and Columbia River 
Knife & Tool (CRKT) M16. 

"In terms of a fixed blade, there's still no 
beating a 1217 Ka-Bar," he stressed. "Even if 
they keep going up 5 percent a year, they're 
[less expensive] than anything else and uni- 
versally available. 

"In a tactical folder, I'm still pretty partial 
to the M16 from CRKT. In terms of tactical, 
the M16 is a great knife, a great knife series 
in that it has such breadth in offering differ- 
ent sizes, blade shapes, blade configurations, 
coloring, and it comes in police models or 
'schwanky' [fancy] ones." 

Best EDC Buy? 

Rod Reid of Shepherd Hills Cutlery took a 
different approach to listing his best knife 

buys — he talked about the knife he carries. 

"The knife I carry in my pocket is a Case 
RussLock because it's a one -hand opener, 
a lockback and big enough to do the job," 
he stated. "I farm and so often you've got 
a hold of something and you want to cut 
it and don't want to let loose of it to cut it. 
I carry the synthetic-handled RussLock 
[in smooth orange G-10; Shepherd Hills' 
MSRP: $48.99] because it's the knife I've 
been known to lose. The orange color is 
sure helpful in finding it." 

Another best buy mentioned in the tra- 
ditional pocketknife category is the Boker 
2004STC integral lockback folding hunter. 
"It's one of Boker's standard models with a 
stag handle," Goldie Russell explained, "but 
we're selling it at A.G. Russell Knives with a 
1095 carbon blade at $129.95. We also have 

Best Brand Buys 

In the realm of best brand buys, Carol Craw- 
ford tabbed the kitchen knives of WHK and 
Al Mar Knives. "WHK's kitchen knives in 
ZDP-189 are wonderful if you're willing to 
pay the money for them," she observed. "I 
have customers who have complete sets and 
love them. And I get excellent feedback on 
how well ground the Al Mar kitchen knives 
are and how well they hold an edge." 

Another brand highly touted as a best 
buy in kitchen knives is Spyderco. 

"The Spyderco kitchen knives, for the 
money, are a very good buy," Jason Kunkler 
advised. "In terms of stamped cutlery [blades 
stamped out via presses], they are probably 
the best dollar you can spend, especially 
their bread knife." 

Lynn Bonds included TOPS' hunting- 
style models for special mention. "Just 
about anybody who picks one up, if it 
fits their hand, they buy it," she noted. 
"Our customers like their carbon-steel 
[1095] blades." 

Jason singled CRKT out as a best brand 
buy. "CRKT has some wonderful shelf life 
on their knives," he said. "I continue to sell 
Point Guards, K.I.S.S. knives and P.E.C.K.s." 

Job One 

As Carol advised, much of whether a knife 
is a best buy depends on how it will be used, 
the elements involved — wet, cold, dry, etc. 
And to repeat, the proof is not in how much 
the knife costs but how well it performs on a 
consistent basis. Rod Reid may have summed 
it up best when he said, "If you need a knife 
to do the job and it won't do it, it doesn't mat- 
ter what the price is." 

For the contact information for the knives 
in the story, see "Where To Get 'Em" on 
page 103. 

Biggest Bang For The Buck* 



A.G. Russell Featherlight 


Benchmade Griptilian 


Benchmade 940 Osborne 


Boker 2004STC 


Case RussLock 


Case Stockman 


Chris Reeve Mnandi 


CRKT A.G. Russell Sting 






CRKT Delilah's P.E.C.K. 


CRKT Point Guard 


Ka-Bar 1217 


Ka-Bar Dozier 4064 & 4065 

$19.95 each**** 

Kershaw Chive 


Kershaw Leek 


Lone Wolf Paul Perfecto 


Spyderco Delica 


Spyderco Endura 


William Henry Knives B10 


*/\s gleaned from an informal poll of those who sell factory knives for a living. 

**Knives listed in alphabetical order. Other brands mentioned by those polled, though 

not by specific knife model, included sporting knives by Busse, Heckler & Koch (Bench- 

made and Boker versions), Opinel and TOPS, and kitchen knives by Al Mar Knives, 

Dexter Russell, Forschner, Mundial, Spyderco and William Henry Knives. There are, 

no doubt, others. 

***Price-ranged knives vary in cost depending on different features, materials, etc. 

****A.G. Russell Knives' price. 

22 / BLADE 


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"I've been a fan of knives for a while. My father has always had a 
knife and bought me my first one ever. The first knife that I bought 
for myself was from a gun show in Syracuse, New York, when I was 
17. 1 was so proud of it. It's a Jaguar chisel-tip, skeleton-handle 
model [left]. One day at work my friend borrowed it to open a No. 10 
can. I thought he was going to use it to open another box. I was furi- 
ous with him at the time but was proud of what my knife could do. A 
friend of mine gave me the Benchmade [right] while I was deployed 
here in Afghanistan. Even though I carry both a rifle and a pistol, I 
never go anywhere without either of my knives." 

— SrA Candice Breese, U.S. Air Force, secure location in Afghanistan 

"I found this homely, scaleless Ireland Sabre stockman 
while fishing one day in the early '80s, and it followed me 
home. I call it 'the knife that won't get lost' I've carried 
it nearly every day since. If I buy a knife to carry, it only 
takes a few days before I lose it. Maybe an ugly knife is a 
good thing. No one steals it — or maybe it's the luck of the 
Irish in the knife. I guess for now I'm stuck with it." 

— Lon Ninemire, Kearney, Nebraska 



MAY 2006 

My all-around, hard-use camp-fishing-survival- 
rain- and- snow knife is a Camillus Air Force 
survival knife. For the price, it can 't be beat. 
I have for my sunny-day 'nice ' camping knife 
a 7-inch Randall No. 1 with a finger-gripped 
Micarta® handle. It's a work of art that's hard 
to beat at any price. My everyday carry knife is 
a Victorinox Pioneer with an aluminum handle 
that's indestructible. I should know because 
Fve tried to destroy it for years. When I feel a 
need for personal protection, I carry my Gerber 
Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder. I choose it 
because I know it will stay with me if I need it, 
and it s reassuring to have. 

— Keith Mcintosh, Louisville, Kentucky 



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BLADE / 23 


By Mike Haskew 

Bob Terzuola (right) displayed nothing but fixed blades at the 
2005 Tactical Invitational in Las Vegas, including the M-24 
Madeleine, an OSS-style double-edge dagger in CPM S30V that 
he sold to Rosemary Farina (left). "Madeleine" was the code 
name for a French woman of Turkish descent who was a spy for 
the OSS. She was captured by the Germans in France, taken 
to Dachau and executed on Sept. 14, 1944 at virtually the same 
hour that Terzuola was born. Madeleine refused to leave her ra- 
dio post so that she could warn her comrades that the Germans 
had infiltrated an OSS network of saboteurs, 
^^^^B saving countless lives at the eventual 
cost of her own. 


Consider some of those who 
are equally adept at fashioning 
both handmade tactical 
folders md fixed blades 

24 / BLADE 

After years of concentrating on 
tactical folders, Bob Terzuola 's 
return to tactical fixed blades 
has rekindled interest among 
custom-knife enthusiasts. Pur- 
veyor Les Robertson said Bob 
T's ATCF folder has been around 
for 22 years and sells for in the 
neighborhood of $625. The fixed 
blade is Bob's M-26 "Queen 
Susan" model, (knives courtesy 
of Dan Magrino) 


MAY 2006 


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blades and folders, and the high demand for them in both the civilian and military mar- 
kets. The Strider GB folder and EBT straight knife — both with tiger-striped blades — 
make a formidable tactical pairing. (For more on tiger-striped blades, see the story on 
p. 12.) (knives courtesy of Dan Magrino) 

The skill sets required to build both top- 
quality handmade tactical folders and 
fixed blades are quite different. Yet, a 
relative few of the world's best custom 
knifemakers excel at the art of tactical in 
either version. 

"Probably the 

most difficult thing to 
do in custom knives 
is to build world- 
class folders and fixed 
blades, whether they 
are tacticals, bowies 
or whatever — which 
is why you see few 
people doing it. It re- 
quires different skills 
to accomplish each 
one," reasoned pur- 
veyor Les Robertson 
of Robertson's Custom Cutlery. 

According to an informal poll of some 
of today's purveyors and collectors of 
handmade s, among the elite number are 
several well-known knifemakers, includ- 
ing R.J. Martin, Bob Terzuola, Greg Light- 

"It requires 
different skills 
to accomplish 
each one. 55 

— Les Robertson 

foot, Jim Hammond, Bob Lum and Mick 
Strider. Certainly, there are others. 

"For Martin, his engineering back- 
ground comes into play with the precision 
that is the benchmark of his knives," Les 
continued. "He has 
the ability to come 
at whatever the knife 
project is with an 
engineer's mindset. 
He's also blessed 
with the ability to 
view [the knife] with 
the flow and artistry 
it should have. His 
Japanese tactical 
fixed blades are his 
best work. Every 
single one sells, and 
they are always in 
demand. His best folder is the Devasta- 
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Dan Magrino said that Jim Hammond's Cobra Gold fixed blade (right) is somewhat 
scarce on the secondary market, but when found can run as high as $750. A pair 
of integral folders completes the Cobra Gold series. Dan said he paid $300 for the 
smaller and $400 for the larger of the two about 10 years ago. The smaller of the two 
folders is shown here, (knives courtesy of Dan Magrino) 

Les observed, while the Devastator is a 
$495 investment. 

"Nobody can rival Martin for an origi- 
nal or resharpened edge," knife collector 
Dan Magrino added. "[His] Japanese tac- 
tical fixed blades are above and beyond as 
far as sharpening is concerned. The Dev- 
astator, the Avenger, the Q-30 and the Q- 
36, and the straight- double -action U-235 
are excellent [folding] knives in the $425- 
$600 range. He goes with either fixed 
blades or folders very well." 

Civilian & Military 

Collector Gary Capraro acknowledges 
Mick Strider's versatility in design and 
the high demand for his work in both ci- 
vilian and military markets. Gary said 
the entire Strider AR series of tactical 
folders, along with the Strider SMF, are 
strong buys between $450- $500. At $475, 
Strider's fixed-blade BNSSG is popular as 
well, Gary added. 

"A really cool thing about Mick is that 
he was one of the first to get a contract with 
SOCOM [Special Operations Command] 
for his folders," he said. "In order to keep 
the price down, he made a civilian version 
of the same knife. One was numbered for 
those carrying it in the field, and the other 
was numbered for [civilian use] . So, [civil- 
ians can carry] the same knife that's out 
there fighting for freedom." 

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AR, and GB folders are in demand accord- 
ing to purveyor Neil Ostroff of True North 
Knives. "Mick and his partner, Duane Dw- 
yer, make custom versions of their regular 
products in both fixed blades and folders," 
Neil began. "The four folders I mentioned 
are the staples of their company product, 
and when the custom versions of these 
come out on the Strider table at a show, 
there's mass hysteria [among the Strider 
knife fans in attendance] . Mick and Duane 
make them in equal quantities. The damas- 
cus versions sell for $1,500- $1,700, and the 
non-damascus with S30V steel, usually in 
a really cool print like a razor wire or ti- 
ger-stripe design, sell in the $800-$l,000 
range." (For more on tiger-stripe blades, 
see the story on p. 12.) 

According to Magrino, Greg Lightfoot 
originally concentrated on fixed blades 
such as the Predator, but he has since grav- 
itated toward folders. At $350-$500, Dan 
added, both Lightfoot's fixed blades and 
folders are snapped up quickly. 

"Greg is always coming up with new 
models that are strong, dependable, and 
reliable — good working knives," Dan re- 
marked. "I have one of his original Mag- 
num tantos with an indestructible, heavy 
and thick blade. The Warhead and the Full 
Contact are strong [folders], too." 

A recent foray into upscale folders and 
fixed blades has brought Greg even greater 
attention. "He obviously falls well into this 

R.J. Martin parlays an engineering background into a marvelous talent at making 
both tactical fixed blades and folders. The 5.5-inch double-ground Quaiken is one of 
his Japanese-style fixed-blade models. Depending on size and materials, purveyor 
Les Robertson said it can range in price anywhere from $350-$600. The Q-30 is an 
example of R.J.'s knack for folder making. Collector Dan Magrino indicated that it nor- 
mally sells for anywhere from $425- $600. (knives courtesy of Dan Magrino) 

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According to Dan Magrino, Greg Light- 
foot originally concentrated on fixed 
blades such as the Predator, but he has 
since gravitated toward folders, such 
as the Full Contact. At $350- $500, Dan 
added, both Greg's fixed blades and 
folders are snapped up quickly. (Full 
Contact folder courtesy of Dan Magrino) 

Les Robertson indicated Bob Lum's 
fixed blades may reflect his design abil- 
ity even more than his folders. "That's 
not to take anything away from his fold- 
ers, but when you hand people one of 
his fixed blades and ask them to find the 
mistakes, there are none," Les observed. 
An example of Bob's fixed blades is his 
mini-tanto, while his two-blade double- 
locking-liner piece in titanium showcas- 
es his talent for making folders, (knives 
courtesy of Dan Magrino) 

category, and during the last year he has 
been doing something with a new line of all 
his knives called 'extreme jewelry,'" Os- 
troff related. "This is interesting because 
he takes his basic, staple hunting and fight- 
ing knives that would generally be made 
with carbon fiber or G-10 handles and uses 
higher-end materials. He has gone a step 
further by doing things like cord wrapping 
the handles and using a shark's tooth as a 
menuki, or using a proprietary carry sys- 
tem and a sheath covered with sharkskin. 
These sell for around $750." 

When it comes to Bob Terzuola, Les 
Robertson is quick to describe Bob T's 
place among the preeminent tactical inno- 
vators. "Arguably, he's the originator of the 
tactical folder," Les said, "and his ATCF 
has been around for 22 years. It's instantly 
recognizable among collectors and sells for 
around $625. His best-known fixed blade is 
probably the M-18, and the M-30 and M-36 
[are also well known]. When the M-18 was 
introduced, what I liked about it was that it 
was strong and light. It was the first fixed 
blade I had seen in a pure Kydex® sheath 
with a great locking mechanism." 

Les added that Terzuola's fixed blades 
sell for $600- $750, and after years of 
concentrating on folders, Bob's return to 
straight knives has rekindled interest. "He 
was clearly the innovator in the tactical 
folding knife, and many makers followed 
because a market was developed," Ostroff 

28 / BLADE 


MAY 2006 

maintained. "What's happening now with 
Bob is that he's going back to his roots, 
making again what had made him famous 
once before. It was the ATCF that just rev- 
olutionized the tactical folding knife, and 
now Bob has brought back a fixed blade 
he made many years ago called the Battle 
Guard, selling for $900." 

Super Talents 

Jim Hammond has been recognized as a 
master of fixed and folding tacticals for 
years, and Gary Capraro respects him as 
something of a pioneer. "Long before the 
tactical was cool, Jim Hammond was mak- 
ing knives," Gary commented. "He's a re- 
ally good example of a guy that had the 
tactical fixed blade and folder down a de- 
cade ago. The man is super talented." 

Gary said that Hammond's Military 
Cruiser flipper folder sells for about $550 
and as much as $800 in an upgraded ver- 
sion. Jim's Cobra Gold fixed blade is some- 
what scarce on the secondary market, but 
when found it can run as much as $750, 
Gary added. A pair of folders complete the 
Cobra Gold series, and Dan Magrino said 
he paid $300 for the smaller and $400 for 
the larger of the two about 10 years ago. 

"Jim's workmanship is just excellent, 
clean and smooth," Dan observed. "His 
knives are guaranteed to be good from the 
start. When I buy one of his knives, I know 
he's spent his own time on it. He does the 
whole thing start to finish, and the quality 
shows. You will get as good a fixed blade 
as a folder from him." 

Robertson referred to Bob Lum as a 
"combination of New World artisan and 
Old World craftsman." Les said Bob's 
fixed-blade Stalker and Chinese Fighter 
sell for around $600 each, though Lum is 
probably best known for his Chinese fold- 
er, which is similarly priced. 

"Bob's design elements come very 
close to perfection," Les asserted. "For the 
most part, he comes at it from a minimal- 
ist approach with a titanium frame and an 
exquisitely ground blade. His fixed blades 
may reflect his design ability even more 
than his folders. That's not to take any- 
thing away from his folders, but when you 
hand people one of his fixed blades and ask 
them to find the mistakes, there are none. 
He's also credited with [popularizing] the 
[American] tanto in the United States." 

Seldom Found 

The masters of the tactical fixed blade and 
folder allow their work to speak for itself. 
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that is highly prized — and seldom found. 

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What, Where and Why? 

Re-examine the blade cutout— as well as the 
modification known as the Finger choil 

By Durwood Hollis 

30 / BLADE 

The author's experience with the choil probably began with a Lakota fixed blade — not 
unlike the Master Hawk model — almost 30 years ago. Like the Master Hawk, the 
author's knife had what was called a recessed choil Just forward of the guard. The 
deeply rounded choil enables you to choke up on the blade during detailed cutting. 
Though the author stated that he used the feature on occasion, it is much easier to 
use a knife designed specially for trophy work instead. 

When discussing knives, the term 
choil may finds its way into the 
conversation. At the mere men- 
tion of the word, some folks seem to have 
an understanding, while others exhibit that 
deer-in-the-headlights look. Even those 
who are in the business of defining such 
terms tend to disagree on the meaning. 
And then there is the recent appearance of 
the finger choil — but more on it later. 

The choil on a knife can be broadly 
described as a round notch, or cutout on 

The Spyderco "finger choil" is split 
between the blade and the handle, 
each of which have half of a cutout to 
form the whole finger choil. The Spy- 
derco Navigator 2 is so equipped. The 

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the blade, situated immediately behind 
the sharpened edge. The choil can be 
so small as to be almost unnoticeable or 
large enough to accept the index finger. 
In the former, the choil apparently serves 
only as a point of demarcation between 
the edge and the tang (the extension of the 
blade into the handle). Should the knife 
have a guard, then the choil is similarly 
located at the terminus of the edge, just in 
front of the guard. In the latter, the choil 
is deeply cut out or recessed, thereby pro- 




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viding an alternative hand grip on the 
knife. By placing the index finger into 
such a choil, the knife user can shorten 
the distance between the cutting edge 
and the hand. For some, this provides en- 
hanced blade control for more detailed or 
precise cutting operations. 

"The choil allows 

the full length of 

the edge to 

be properly 


— the Schrade 


In the Schrade Handbook of Knife 
Knowledge and Terms, the choil is de- 
scribed as, "The angle at which the edge 
flares away to the tang, which allows the 
full length of the cutting edge to be sharp- 
ened." This might apply to a tiny notch 
positioned between the blade edge and 
the tang, but it also could have another 
meaning entirely. Confused? Me too. 

The Buck Folding Alpha Hunter has a 
small choil cutout between the edge 
and handle. Other than indicating where 
the edge ends, the placement of the 
choil would seem to serve no purpose, 
other than cosmetic. Handle: rosewood. 
Blade steel: ATS-34. Weight: 8 ounces. 
Closed length: 5 inches. MSRP: $94. 

Indeed, a small choil notch can be 
found on many pocketknives, as well as 
some fixed blades. The exact purpose of 
the feature is unclear, though it may have 
something to do with the machine posi- 
tioning of the blade during manufactur- 
ing. If the notch were placed over a small 
detent, then the blade could be held in 
place more easily. Other than that, the 
choil would seem to have no purpose oth- 
er than to mark the end of the edge. 

Under "hunting knives," the Schrade 
handbook defines choil as, "The area im- 
mediately in front of the guard at the bot- 
tom of the blade, occasionally shaped to 
accept the index finger to facilitate a more 
secure hold on certain types of knives. 
The choil allows the full length of the edge 
to be properly sharpened." Again, I find 
some variance with this expanded defini- 
tion. "A more secure hold" would seem to 
imply that without using the choil, certain 
types of knives cannot be gripped in an 
adequate manner. That certainly is not 
true. The definition further implies that 
without a choil, the blade edge cannot be 
properly sharpened. I disagree. 

While a recessed choil can allow the 
knife user the choice of choking up on the 
blade, in my experience few actually ex- 
ercise this option. Once your index finger 
passes beyond the guard, there is always 
the danger of accidentally slipping forward 
onto the sharpened edge. And the fluid by- 

32 / BLADE 


MAY 2006 

Look carefully and you can see a tiny notch at the 
end of the sharpened edge. Knlfemaker Jim Ort of 
Oz Custom Knives has Incorporated so many other 
features Into the blade, It Is easy to overlook the choll. 
(Hollls photo) 

products of field dressing, skinning and 
trophy work can exacerbate this danger. 

In "Understanding Fine Cutlery" by 
Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fam- 
er© Blackie Collins, the choil is defined 
as, "The area immediately in front of 
the guard at the bottom of the blade. It 
is occasionally shaped to accept the index 
finger to facilitate a more secure hold on 
certain types of knives for various [cut- 
ting] operations. It actually serves a more 
useful purpose as it allows the full length 
of the cutting edge to be properly sharp- 
ened." It would appear that this definition 
is very similar to the one in the Schrade 
book, and I believe that my criticism of 
that definition applies here also. 

While some cutting assignments may 
necessitate a shortening of the grip, in ac- 
tual practice selecting a shorter knife is 
much safer than choking up on the blade. 
As for "properly sharpening" the full 
length of the cutting edge, many knives 
that do not have any form of choil possess 
an adequately sharpened edge right up to 
the guard or the handle. 

The 2006 Spyderco knife catalog de- 
fines the choil as "a round cut-out separat- 
ing the cutting edge from the ricasso. It is 
also used to describe a cut-out, molded or 
formed area where the handle and blade 
meet which positions/guards the index 
finger while gripping the opened knife." 
Quite frankly, the more definitions I en- 
counter, the more confused I get. 

First of all, I am not sure that all choils 
are rounded. I have seen some that are 
notched in a "V" shape. Secondly, though 
a choil can be used to position the index 
finger, I would be reluctant to say that any 
actual guarding of the finger takes place. 

The Finger Files 

Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer Sal Glesser, CEO 
of Spyderco, said his company makes a 

cutout that uses part of the blade tang and 
the knife handle. (Columbia River Knife 
& Tool uses such an arrangement on its 
Side Hawg models, too.) The feature is 
described as a. finger choil, to my knowl- 
edge a term coined by Spyderco. Accord- 
ing to the previously stated definition, this 
is probably better described as a modified 
choil, because it actually incorporates 
both the blade tang and the leading part of 
the handle. In addition, Sal indicated that 
he feels that the choil tends to eliminate 
the danger of cutting oneself. 

"I am not sure 
that all choils 
are rounded." 

— the author 

"Some folks think [it makes it] easier 
to sharpen a knife, since the choil marks 
the obvious end of the cutting edge," he 
noted. I guess for those who have a dif- 
ficult time determining where to begin 
sharpening a blade, the choil can serve a 
useful purpose. 

It should be noted here that Sal's fel- 
low Cutlery Hall Of Famer, A.G. Russell, 
has a website (www.agrussell.com/knife 
information/knife encyclopedia/glossary, 
html) that includes a section on knife def- 
initions. It defines choil as: "The cut away 
area between the edge and the tang of a 
pocket knife blade and between the edge 
and the guard of a straight knife. The choil 
may or may not have enough space for a 
finger[;] it's true purpose is to allow the 
edge to be sharpened all the way to the 

tang in a pocket knife and to the end of 
the edge in others. Any reference of choil 
and finger space or choil and handle is 
improper^ (The placement of the italics 
is the editor's.) 

When it comes to choils, knifemaker 
Loyd Thomsen pulls no punches. "Other 
than detracting from the overall blade 
profile, the choil serves no useful pur- 
pose," he said. He added that he occasion- 
ally places a choil on one of his handmade 
knives, but the customer is the determin- 
ing factor. "If the customer wants a choil," 
Loyd declared, "then a choil it is." 


My own experience with the choil prob- 
ably began with the acquisition of a La- 
kota fixed blade almost 30 years ago. That 
particular knife had what was called a 
recessed choil engineered into the blade, 
just forward of the guard. The designer 
apparently wanted to make the knife ca- 
pable of a variety of cutting chores. And 
the deeply rounded choil enabled the user 
to choke up on the blade during detailed 
cutting. I did use this feature on occasion. 
However, it was much easier to use a knife 
designed specially for trophy work rather 
than attempting to push the performance 
envelope of the larger Lakota model. 

Whether or not the choil serves any 
real useful purpose is most likely in 
the mind of the knife designer and the 
ultimate end user. What it does do, how- 
ever, is make for good advertising copy — 
and that may be its best and most func- 
tional purpose. 

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in the story, see "Where To Get 'Em " on 
page 103. 

MAY 2006 


BLADE / 33 


The PROACTIVE Approach 
to Collecting CUSTOM KNIVES 

In building his handmade collection, 
Larry Abramson gets up close and personal 

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Larry Abramson not only knows the car business, he 
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tion are, from the bottom up: a folder by South African 
Corrie Schoeman sporting a Damasteel damascus blade, 
mammoth ivory handle and meteorite bolster; a Michael 
J. Smith gent's folder in a blade of raindrop-pattern stain- 
less damascus by Mike Norris, a mammoth ivory handle 
and a bolster of mosaic damascus by Robert Eggerling; 
and a collaboration Larry did with Allen Elishewitz. The 
154CM stainless blade is in Allen's "Spectre" style. The 
handle consists of two titanium slabs cut in different 
thicknesses and a black-lip mother-of-pearl butt. 

34 / BLADE 


MAY 2006 

For years, Larry Abramson has worked 
as a hands-on foreman for a car dealer- 
ship in Tennessee. He knows a thing or 
two about the way the cars are assembled. At 
the same time, he has been putting together 
a first-class knife collection and has come to 
know many of the most recognized names in 
the handmade industry. 

Since seriously beginning to collect a 
couple of decades ago, Larry has bought, 
sold and traded. His collection includes as 
many as 80 knives and spans the work of at 
least 20 different knifemakers. 

Larry handles the knives with care. He 
rubs them down with a rag saturated in a 
compound called Rust Inhibiting Grease 
(RIG) and stores them in a safe that could be 
described as climate controlled. 

"I've never had a knife rust in the safe," 
Larry commented. "My dad is, was and 
still is a part-time gunsmith, and he rubs 
down his firearms with RIG. I still have 
my rag, too. The safe is one of those that 
has heating rods to keep it dry, and I throw 
in a few desiccant bags for extra insurance. 
The seatback pads for the passenger seats 
in our cars are shipped in sealed bags that 
contain desiccant bags to absorb moisture. 
I bring those home from work and change 
them out about once a month. 

"I have knives that have been in there 
since my first BLADE Show. LinerLocks™ 
and other folders are stored closed. Auto- 
matics are stored open so there is no ten- 
sion on the spring, and no fixed blades are 
stored in their sheaths." 

Abramson credits his early knife interest 
to the reading of what was then American 
Blade, the forerunner of BLADE®. His most 
memorable early experience was making the 
acquaintance of knifemaker Robert Hajo- 
vsky, better known as Bob Sky. 

Larry sketched some drawings of knives 
and sent them to three makers. Bob Sky re- 
sponded positively and the result was a two- 
knife set, which included a sub-hilt fighter 
and a small skeleton blade fitted into the 
same sheath. Larry also went through a simi- 
lar process with knifemaker Bill Luckett. In 
both cases, after keeping the knives for a few 
years, Larry sold them. 

Even after these custom orders, he as- 
serts that his real love affair with knives did 
not begin in earnest for several years. He vis- 
ited the 1988 BLADE Show, which was then 
held in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the rest is 
collecting history. 

"I drove over to my first BLADE Show 
and that's when I went crazy," Larry laughed. 
"I just bought knives — maybe 13 or 14 of 
them — mostly fixed blades and a couple of 
folders. I hit the BLADE Show again in 1989 
and made my first Guild Show in 1990." 

He admitted that his collecting focus has 
been flexible through the years, not only in 
style but also in cost and materials. 

"My tastes have changed," he said. "In- 
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the knives the South African guys are mak- 
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and for every 10 folders I buy, I may buy one 
small fixed blade. It seems now that, for me, 
fixed blades have gone by the wayside." 

Voice of Experience 

The value of experience is priceless in 
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offer some insights for those considering 

A collaboration between Howard Vlele and 
Allen Ellshewltz, the "Focus" features a 
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MAY 2006 

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"Back before I was involved in hand- 
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he remembered. "They had mostly Case and 
Ka-Bar knives and that kind of stuff. I guess 
they looked at me as fresh meat, the young 
one. I asked what I should be collecting and 
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From there, he gravitated toward hand- 
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catalog-mailing chores. 

"I still go to shows and work behind 
Allen's table with his wife, Valerie, so that 
Allen can go out and talk with custom- 
ers," Larry said. "Allen has taught me a 
lot about the processes involved in making 
knives, and I've gained a real appreciation 
for what's involved in making them. Allen 
also makes watches and pens, and is always 
looking for new challenges. Anybody that 
thinks knives are difficult to make should 
start working on a watch." 

Of course, Allen's knives are among Lar- 
ry's favorites, particularly the older Omega 
series. Other of his favorites includes How- 
ard Viele's Silent Partner model and a collab- 
oration between Elishewitz and Viele called 
the Focus. South African Corrie Schoeman 
gets the nod as well for his quality work with 
lots of extras and natural materials. 

Larry's eye for excellence has been 
called upon in the past to judge the knives 
of probationary Guild members. While he is 
not looking for a particular maker or mate- 
rial at any given time, he is continually as- 
sessing the quality of craftsmanship. 

"I can walk through a given show and not 
see anything that strikes my fancy," he com- 
mented. "Materials aren't as important to me 
as the lines of the knife. The knife has to flow 
and its aesthetics are important. There are 
certain ones that look like they were meant 
to be that way and others that appear to be 
struggling to look like a knife. 

"Watching knifemakers like Elishewitz 
and Dick Atkinson has helped me not 
only to look at a knife but to be able to say 
whether it is attractive and then see how it 
works. I've also spent time in Dick's shop 
and helped him at his table early on in my 
collecting career. Sitting and talking to Al- 
len and Dick has helped me to know what 
to look for in a knife, how a knife should 
function and stuff like that. I have to credit 
Allen and Dick with introducing me to the 
other makers that I have come to know up 
to this point, and keeping my interest in 
knives piqued, making it fun to go to shows 
and to be around these people." 

The father of two teenage girls, 19-year- 
old Sara and 16-year-old Katie, Larry has 
been married to his wife, Emily, for 23 years. 
He describes himself as "bitten by the knife 
bug" and says with a grin that he will con- 
tinue collecting for years to come. "I'll in- 
troduce my grandkids to it," he noted, "and 
keep collecting until I'm sick and tired of it." 
The view from here is that as much time 
and effort as Larry has put into collecting 
knives, if he is not sick and tired of it by now, 
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long fascination with knives and cutting 
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ter understand the "how-to" of forging, and 
streamlining the process to go from raw 
steel to finished knife. 

An ABS journeyman smith, Jason cred- 
its the ABS with much of his rapid growth 
as a maker and businessman. At press time, 
certain of his knives already had passed 
the performance testing phase for his ABS 
master smith stamp. He will submit five of 
his "ordinary" knives forjudging at the 2006 
BLADE Show June 16-18 at the Cobb Gal- 
leria Centre in Marietta, Georgia, in the final 
stages of his attempt to gain his MS stamp. 

When I questioned Jason about the "or- 

dinary" knives, he stated that he was not 
going to pick any special knives for the 
judging since a maker should put out his 
best high-level work on every knife he 
builds, not just the ones submitted forjudg- 
ing. That gives you an idea of the type of 
perfectionist he is. 

"I want to take this to the next level, to 
make knives that are beautiful but incred- 
ibly functional first," he noted. "There are 
so many knives out there that are attractive 
but are merely metal sculpture. I think it's 
pretty sad when a custom knife fails to be a 
knife. It's almost like a Ferrari that's miss- 
ing its engine." 

Jason backs up his quest for perfor- 
mance by using optimum steels for various 
tasks. His favorite, all-around, straight-car- 
bon blade material is W-2 tool steel, which 
he jokingly calls "voodoo" steel. He stated 
that he likes the edge strength and beautiful 
temper lines it often produces. According to 
Jason, W-2 cuts better than any other plain 
carbon steel in his bin except for his own 
L-6/0-1 twist-pattern damascus, which 
he said out cuts anything he has ever en- 
countered. It is his current "ultimate" steel, 
though he is constantly trying and working 
with new steels. 

To enhance the durability and aesthetics 
of his blades, Jason refuses to use a stamp 
or etching machine to mark them. He said 
that stamping a blade with a maker's mark 
could create a stress riser in the steel. He 
also refuses to use an acid etcher because, 
he explained, an acid etch can eventually 
rub off if the blade needs to be cleaned or 
refurbished. Instead, he uses a pantograph 

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MAY 2006 

to mark his knives as he said it is the best 
way and provides a clean, crisp look. 

To test his blades, Jason relies on actual 
cutting performance to ensure that the steel 
is properly hardened, tempered and sharp- 
ened. An old moose antler is his benchmark 
for edge testing. Jason whacks the edge 
against the antler at full speed. If the edge 
exhibits any deformation, chipping or roll- 
ing, he knows that something "isn't quite 
right," and he may rework or even discard 
the blade. He said that every knife he deliv- 
ers has a razor-thin edge, is incredibly sharp 
and will pass the "moose" test. Real-world 
testing is easy for Jason as he is a serious 
outdoorsman and, like many rural young 
men, enjoys hunting, fishing and the like. 

When I last visited Jason, up-and-com- 
ing Alaskan bladesmith Adam Des Rosiers 
was visiting him for a few months and the 
two were busily collaborating on designs, 
ideas and new concepts in high-perfor- 
mance bladesmithing. (For more on Adam, 
see page 116 of the March BLADE®) In my 
experience, this is how some makers can 
blossom almost overnight. 

Jason's handles are heavily influenced 
by his years as an exhibiting carver and 
are curvy and smooth, of adequate size and 
have ample finger protection. In my hands, 
most of his handles fit just about perfect. 

For working knives, he uses natural 
handle materials, including curly maple, 
stag, ironwood and African blackwood. The 
aforementioned moose antler also makes a 
beautiful and extremely durable handle 
well suited for a hard-use knife. On exhi- 
bition-grade knives, Jason prefers to work 
with walrus ivory because, he observed, its 
beauty and performance cannot be beat. 

He uses silicon bronze for guards and 
other fittings. "Silicon bronze is almost as 
hard as mild steel and won't turn green like 
brass," he advised. "It gets a classy patina as 
it ages and just fits the look of my knives." 

Jason said he prefers to give most of his 
blades a 400-grit hand-rubbed finish. If the 
blade grinds are not perfectly flat, his hand- 
rubbed treatment will reveal it immediately. 
His finish takes a lot of trial and error and 
much elbow grease to master, and he has 
done just that. In my experience, the precise 
application of the satin finish is the differ- 
ence between a "good" bladesmith and a 
truly excellent one. 

Jason and his wife, Shelly, make 90 
percent of the sheaths for his knives. The 
sheaths are usually sturdy and attractive 
and, like the knives, are built for perfor- 
mance. You will find no conchos, tassels or 
beadwork on Jason's sheaths. Owen Baker 
and Kenny Rowe sometimes build sheaths 
for Jason's knives if a customer requests 
something fancier. 

Family focused, Jason said that his 
grandmother, Myrtle Frye, and Shelly 
have been essential in allowing him to live 
his knifemaking dream. "Grandma was 
my biggest supporter, vocally and finan- 

cially," he asserted. "She saw some talent 
in me and told me to just do it, to follow my 
dreams, so I did." 

Though he still makes hunting knives 
for local Lowcountry outdoorsmen, Jason 
sells knives worldwide. At this stage in his 
career, he is probably best known for his 
dramatic yet practical bowies and elegant 
hunters. At press time, he was placing more 
emphasis on pure competition-style chop- 
pers — "cutters," as he calls them — that 
combine the design elements of a bowie and 
a recurved bolo camp knife. He has built 
some fine swords and said he would like to 
make practical, modern-day versions of the 
Roman Gladius. 

Jason has a great work ethic and tries 
to keep prices and delivery times reason- 
able. His delivery times vary from a few 
months on simple knives to just under a 
year on more elaborate pieces. He said he 
eventually would like to open a school for 
bladesmithing in South Carolina that also 
incorporates elements of fine art study, 
such as carving, sculpture and drawing, 
that crossover into knifemaking. 

His goals are simple — "to make the 
best, high-performance knives I can that 
just happen to look really good." I cannot 
wait to see what the next five years of this 
confident bladesmith's career bring. 

Jason Knight 
110 Paradise Pond Ln., 

Dept. BL5 

Harleyville, SC 29448 

843.452.1163 or 843.462.7217 

shellvsk® earthlink.net 

Specialties Bowies, camp knives, 
"cutters," hunting knives, dirks, 
swords and others; also makes a 
"TactiCleaver"; plans to make mod- 
ern-day versions of a Roman Gla- 

Blade Steels W-2 and L-6, and da- 
mascus combos of 15N20/1084, O- 
1/15N20, and O-l/L-6 
Finish Handrubbed to 400 grit 
Handle Materials Naturals mostly, 
including curly maple, stag, iron- 
wood and African blackwood 
Fittings Silicon bronze 
Miscellaneous Tests his knives by 
chopping moose antlers; he and his 
wife, Shelly, make 90 percent of 
the sheaths for his knives, with the 
balance made by Kenny Rowe or 
Owen Baker; awards include Best 
Non-Damascus Handforged Knife, 
2004 BLADE Show, 2002 South 
Carolina Knifemaker Of The Year 
and Best New Maker, 2001 BLADE 
Show West 
List Price Range $300-$3,000 

MAY 2006 


BLADE / 45 

Inside World Knife Collecting & Investing 

No. 108 

Lock-Solid Lockback 
Folding Hunters 

The beneficiary of a rich history, the 
practical design is a collectible on the rise 

By Richard D. White 
BLADE® field editor 

In 1963, the lockback folding hunter, a 
once-popular pattern that had fallen 
out of favor, received a jumpstart 
when Al Buck of Buck Knives introduced 
the Buck 110. Despite a somewhat high 
price — at least at the time — of $16, the 110 
proved to be the industry's hottest knife a 
scant six months after its debut, and has 
remained a standard for over 40 years. 

"The lockback 
folder was very 
popular in the 
19th and early 
20th centuries." 
— the author 

Originally developed as an alternative 
to fixed-bladed hunting and skinning 
knives, the lockback folding hunter had 
some notable features that made it a 

46 / BLADE 

popular choice among hunters, trappers 
and other outdoors people. 

First, a blade -locking mechanism 
was incorporated into the design so that 
when the knife was open, the blade was 

prevented from folding up on the hands of 
the user, a nifty safety feature. 

Second, because it folded to 
approximately half its open size, the knife 
did not catch on saddles, seats and jackets 

This early Walden Knife Co. regular jack would be at the center of any collection 
of lockback folding hunters. At almost 414> inches closed, the knife was produced 
around the turn of the 20 th century. Its slim shape was the predecessor to the larger, 
fuller, swell-center lockback folding hunters of the 1920s. (White photo) 


MAY 2006 

as did traditional fixed-blades in leather 
sheaths. Thus, with its much smaller size, 
the folding hunter did the job of a larger 
skinning knife. The smaller size made it 
a popular option with all sorts of knife 
users, though its heavy pocket weight 
necessitated carry in a leather belt sheath. 
Today, most lockback folding hunters 
come with such a belt sheath. 

The blade style varied somewhat, 
though most were a large clip pattern. 
Some sported long nail pulls, while others 
can be found with the traditional nail nick 
(sometimes employing the "matchstriker 
pull" for striking stick matches). 
Manufacturers originally favored a shape 
known as the coke bottle, with its large 
base and swell center. The namesake for 
the silhouette became the famous coke- 
bottle folding hunter. 

Lots of Locks 

The lockback folder was very popular in 
the 19 th and early 20 th centuries, especially 
with international cutlery manufacturers. 
Fancy Western European clasp knives, 
Austrian deer-foot knives, German folding 
hunters and folding bowies had employed 
locking mechanisms for years. 

"By the 1940s, 

they were almost 


— the author 

In fact, though many knife enthusiasts 
commonly think of dirks and bowies 
as fixed blades, many of the fancy and 
extremely desirable 19 th -century versions 
contained a mechanism that allowed them 
to be locked in the open position. Many 
of the folding bowies originated in the 
knifemaking mecca of Sheffield, England. 
Though rare, examples bear the stampings 
of well-known English cutlery firms 
such as Unwin and Rodgers, Samuel C. 
Wragg, R. Bunting and Sons, and George 
Wostenholm and Sons. 

Not to be outdone, early American 
cutlery companies produced some 
outstanding lockback folders, generally 
designed for hunting. The knives, 
including some extraordinarily expensive 
American bowies, have become very 
desirable and collectible. 

The most famous of the American 
lockback folding hunters was made in 
the 1920s by the New York Knife Co. The 
jumbo folder has an ornate shield inset into 
the side of the jigged-bone handle, and the 
initials NYK (New York Knife) stamped 
into the bottom of the nickel-silver bolster. 
A knife that rivals the New York Knife 
lockback is the very collectible "King of 

New York Knife Co. made these two very desirable swell-center lockback folding 
hunters in the 1920s. Notice the fancy inset shield and center locking mechanism. The 
top knife is stamped Chipaway Cutlery Co., and the bottom is tang-stamped New York 
Knife Co. Both have ornate bottom bolsters with a hole for attaching a leather thong, 
and wide swedges and long-pull nail nicks on the blades. According to the author, with 
perfect, jigged-bone handles the knives are worth between $500-$600. (White photo) 

the Woods" pattern by Cattaraugus. Made 
in two models (#12829-L and #12839-L), 
the knife was over 5 inches long closed 
with gorgeous jigged-bone sides. The 
12839 had a folding guard that rested 
against the front bolster when the knife 
was opened. 

W.R. Case produced a desirable 

lockback folding hunter with the Case 
Tested XX stamping and folding guard 
like some of the King of the Woods knives. 
Case also produced a second lockback 
hunter, stamped with the 6111 1/2L model 

In addition, Miller Bros, produced 
a lockback folding hunter, as did Union, 

The rejuvenation of the modern lockback folding hunter took place in 1963 with the 
introduction of the Buck 110. The model was the standard for cutlery manufacturers 
for many years, and still remains highly popular for Buck. (White photo) 

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States, Winchester, Wester Bros., Walden 
Knife, Boker, and Remington. In fact, 
Remington made several different 
lockback hunters in the famous "Bullet" 
line, including an R1306 model handled in 
stag, and the R1253, a curved regular jack 
5 l A inches closed. Both knives contain the 
familiar bullet shield in the handle. 

"The lockback 

folding hunter 

is expensive to 


— the author 

Though popular with consumers, 
lockback folding hunters, like many other 
famous knife styles, were produced for 
a limited time, and by the 1940s were 
almost nonexistent. In fact, Case was 
one of the only companies to continue to 
produce one, the 6111 1/2L, into the early 
1970s. Case stopped production on its 
other lockback folding hunter, the 6151L, 
in the 1940s. 

Fall of the Lockback Hunter 

Just why did these useful and well-received 
knives disappear from the American 
scene? Primarily because a number of the 
major cutlery companies that produced 
the pattern went out of business. Miller 
Bros, closed its doors in 1926, New York 
Knife shut down in 1931 and Remington 
folded in the early 1940s. 

Second, the lockback folding hunter 
is expensive to make. Like other large 
knives, it takes a lot of stag, steel and 
brass to make one, and the locking 
mechanism must be well designed in order 
to function correctly. The spring must be 
strong enough to keep the knife locked 
in the open position yet still enable the 
user to depress it to fold the blade. Buck 
described it as "a high-tension spring with 
a low-tension release." 

On lockback folding hunters, the 
shape of the blade is the same as a 
regular pocketknife — rounded except in 
the flattened open and closed positions. 
However, to keep the backspring locked 
in the open position, lockbacks use the 
power of a secondary spring and a finely 
designed slot built into the flat tang. The 
adjustment of both the blade and locking 

48 / BLADE 


MAY 2006 

A partially assembled Western model 54 lookback folding hunter shows the 
backsprlng with Its blade-locking notch, the notched master blade, and the brass 
catch bit that holds the tempered spring, which secures the blade In the open 
position. The spring must be strong enough to hold the blade open but flexible 
enough so that the user can press down on the back of the backsprlng and release 
the blade from the locking notch. (White photo) 

mechanism is a delicate operation, 
with the object being for the blade 
to lie in the same relative position 
whether the knife is open or closed. 

What's more, since the lockback 
folding hunter has three-to-four more 
pieces than a slip-joint folding hunter, 
the cost of production rises. Adding 
to the expense is the development of 
the secondary spring that must be 
strong enough to give the knife snap 
upon opening and closing, but not 
so strong as to prevent the user from 
opening the blade easily. Because 
of the blade-locking notch stamped 
into the backspring, a weak point 
developed during the hardening 
process. For many lockbacks, the 
notch was the first part of the knife to 
fail during normal use. 

Finally, hunting enthusiasts 
are not as large a percentage of the 
population as they once were — and 
many of those who are farm out 
their game-care chores — causing 
the demand for hunting and skinning 
knives to decline overall. 

Though Buck's production 
of the 110 revitalized the knife 
industry, another famous cutlery 
company was not far behind. Perhaps 
partially because of Buck's success 

Western started a second revival of lockback folding hunters with the production 

of the 54 model. The popularity of the lockback hunter caused Western to 

produce a complete line of folding lockbacks. From large to small, they are the 

54, 53, 52 and 51 models. To embellish the line, the company added wildlife 

etchings to the blades. Western knives with wildlife etchings and jigged-bone 

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with the 110, Western introduced a series 
of lockbacks that would again popularize 
the concept of blade-locking knives. 
In 1977, the company introduced four 
different lockbacks, the models 51, 52, 53 
and 54. Ranging in size from 2 7/8 inches 
for the smallest model 51 to the robust (5 
inches closed) model 54, the knives filled 
a void by providing a variety of different 
sizes for all types of hunting, fishing and 
industrial uses. 

Schrade developed several different 
lockback folding hunters, all of them 
substantial in size, including the 6-OT 
(Old Timer) and 7-OT, and the Uncle 
Henry Bear Paw LB -7. The Schrade 
knives generally have a hollow-ground 
master blade with a regular nail pull. The 
top and bottom bolsters are brass and 
the sides are almost always wood. The 
knives have been widely bought and used, 
attesting to the need for a substantial 
working piece with a locking blade. Like 
the Western and Buck models, the knives 
employ a spring mechanism that keeps 
the main backspring engaged to the blade 
itself. With the recent demise of Schrade, 
the production of lockback folding hunters 
has been significantly curtailed. 

Demand Continues 

Though the scope of lockback folding 
hunters has decreased somewhat, the 
demand for them continues. Buck still 
produces scores of 110s each year. For the 
collector, antique lockbacks remain a very 
popular and rare collectible, and finding 
one with full blades and a working lock is 
something to shout about. 

Because most antique lockbacks 
were made by only the finest of cutlery 
companies, expect to spend some 
significant dollars for an example in 
excellent condition. A New York Knife 
lockback will set you back over $500, 
and a Maher and Grosh model #109 goes 
for about $250. The Cattaraugus locking- 
guard lockback commands over $1,200, 
while the non-folding-guard model fetches 
in excess of $1,000. 

Despite the seemingly tremendous 
costs involved, these knives are certain 
to appreciate in value at a staggering 
rate. For the beginner, collecting different 
stampings of Buck 110s is a much wiser 
starting point, and they are certainly much 
easier to find. 

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MAY 2006 

soldiers knives 

sordiers knives 

Commissioned for Sgt. Jacob Knospler by 
his parents, Richard and Patty Wood, the 
Purple Heart knife and sheath combination 
was made by J. and Tess Neilson. J. forged 
the blade out of 400 layers of damas- 
cus — including a piece of shrapnel 
from Operation Desert Storm — with 
a cutout in the shape of the Purple 
Heart at the ricasso. The handle 
; tiger maple dyed purple. 
Tess adorned the sheath 
with a representation of 
the Purple Heart medal. 




Purple Hear 


""■■■■^^ By BLADE® staff 

for a 
Purple Heart Hero 

I- Neilson makes a special knife for Sgt. Jacob 
Knospler, a U.S. Marine who returns from 
death's door after being wounded in Iraq 

echnology and advanced weap- 
onry have revolutionized the way 
- wars are fought, but they mean 
little when the enemy hides in neighbor- 
hoods among innocent people. Such was 
the case in Fallujah, Iraq, a little over 
a year ago. That battle was waged one 
house at a time. 

At approximately 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, 
2004, Sgt. Jacob Knospler, United States 
Marine Corps, squad leader in the First Pla- 
toon, Bravo Company, and two others were 
clearing a house in the heart of Fallujah. 

It was Jake's turn to be the lead. 

As he opened the door in an upper 

room, an insurgent unleashed a gre- 
nade. Shrapnel from the explosion ripped 
through the valiant Marine's face. Enter- 
ing about 1 inch below and 1 inch in front 
of his left ear, the shrapnel blasted out his 
palate and most of his upper teeth, and 
exited through the top right side of his 
cheek. A piece of something — no one 
seems to know if it was bone or shrap- 
nel — shot upward behind the sergeant's 
right eye and lodged in the frontal lobe 
of his brain. 

Despite the massive injuries, Jake 
was able to walk to the medevac and even 
joked about not being "pretty" anymore. 

MAY 2006 


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Once he arrived in Baghdad, the swelling 
of his brain required that he undergo a cra- 
niotomy. A portion of his cranium was re- 
moved, exposing his brain, and was sewn 
into his abdomen for the hurried trip to 
Germany. The operation saved his life. 

By noon the next day, he was in a hos- 
pital in Germany. His condition was what 
the Marine Corps termed "serious." His 
parents soon came to realize that the term 
really meant "critical," with an expecta- 
tion of death. Jake lay in a coma for 22 
days while, in addition to his injuries, his 
body battled meningitis and septicemia. 
His family could only watch and pray as 
Jake struggled to survive. Meanwhile, the 
neurologists had no idea what the damage 
to the sergeant would be — if he survived. 

On the 22nd day it was clear that Jake 
not only would survive, but within hours he 
was able to operate a computer and write 
letters to his wife. His family will always 
have vivid memories of that day, though 
the first day that Jake actually remembers 
after the coma was Dec. 11. That was the 
day President George W. Bush came to his 
bedside and presented him with the Purple 
Heart. Appropriately enough, it was also 
the sergeant's birthday. 

The Knife 

Jake's parents, Richard and Patty Wood, 

chose to commemorate their son's heroic 

action and survival by commissioning a 

"Purple Heart" knife/sheath for him. They 

Sometime before he was wounded, Sgt. 
Jacob Knospler, United States Marine 
Corps, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd 
Marine Division, gives the thumbs-up 
sign somewhere in Iraq. 


52 / BLADE 


MAY 2006 

How You 
Can Help 

The brave Americans who have fought and 
died at war will never be forgotten. How- 
ever, the ones who were wounded — many 
seriously — need your assistance. For infor- 
mation on how you can help, contact the 
Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eight- 
eenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517 
800.555.9140 www.pva.org and/or www. 
pvaheritagefund.org, or the Intrepid Fallen 
Heroes Fund, One Intrepid Square, West 
46th St. and 12th Ave., New York, NY 10036 

contacted J. Neilson to make the knife and 
specified that it be practical enough to hold 
up under the stresses of deer hunting — Jake 
is an avid hunter. The resulting hunting knife 
sports a blade of 400-layer damascus and a 
tiger-maple handle. In keeping with the 
theme, Neilson dyed the handle purple and 
cut a heart-shaped hole in the blade's ricasso 
area. The sheath, by Tess Neilson, features a 
carving of the Purple Heart medal. 

J. and Tess work together to make 
knife/sheath sets that complement each 
other, but this one took on special mean- 
ing. A member of the American Blade- 
smith Society, J. does all his own forging 
and heat treating. In this case, he was able 
to acquire shrapnel from Operation Desert 
Storm and forge a piece of it into the da- 
mascus, making the blade steel that much 
more relevant and personal. 

"We've sent a lot of knives to soldiers 
overseas, and I'm very conscious of the 
sacrifices they're making for this country," 
J. noted. "But when my wife and I met Jake 
at a knife show last spring, I think our per- 
spective changed. Realizing everything he 
gave up brought the war that much closer 
to home. He is an amazing individual." 

Today, Jake's recovery continues. He 
has lost 85 percent of the vision in his right 
eye, the hearing in his left ear, his hard pal- 
ate, half his teeth and a portion of his skull. 
Nonetheless, much to his doctors' amaze- 
ment, he has resumed hunting and working 
out with weights. He also is enrolled in a 
community college with the goal of attain- 
ing an accounting degree. 

Sgt. Knospler's recovery may be 
unique but, unfortunately, his situation is 
not. Twenty-five percent of his company 
was injured or killed in just that one battle. 
While the hostilities continue, the numbers 
of killed and wounded continue to grow. 
His story is a poignant reminder that they 
are not just numbers, they are lives. 

For more information about the Purple 
Heart knife, contact J. and Tess Neilson, 
Dept. BL5, RR2, Box 1 6, Wyalusing, PA 1 8853 
5 70. 746. 4944 mountainhollow@emcs. net, 
www. mountainhollow. net. 

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The Evolution of One 
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By Gene Shadley 
President, Knifemakers' Guild 

Follow the author's odyssey from 

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When I started knife- 
making in the early 
1980s, my knives were 
quite crude. My first attempts 
were patch knives used for 
loading muzzleloaders. By the 
late '80s I had improved enough 
to go into knifemaking full time. 
My knives were still far from 
great but they got me out of a 

"My first 
attempts were 
patch knives 
used for load- 
ing muzzle- 
— the author 

The author (left, above) participates in 
career-day demonstration at his old high 
school in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. 

dead-end, unfulfilling job. 

It was in 1990 while at a 
Minnesota Weapons Collectors 
Show that someone approached my 
display table and studied my knives. 

After careful examination 
he exclaimed, "These look 
like they're store bought." 
At first I wondered if his 
observation was a good 

A 1988 arts and crafts 

show in Grand Rapids, 

Minnesota, introduced 

the author to displaying 

his knives in a public 

forum. "It was my first 

time behind the table," 

he noted. "As you can 

probably tell, [my wife] 

Bev and I were bored." 

When this picture was taken at the September 1991 

Chicago Knife Show, the author had just received his 

probationary membership in the Guild the previous July. 

thing. I talked with him a little more and 
came to the conclusion it was indeed a 
compliment. I finally had moved from 
homemade to a quality handmade knife. 

In 1991 I applied for probationary 
membership in the Knifemakers' Guild. It 
was time for me to do my first real custom 
knife show. I was terrified! Besides, I am 
just a simple, jack-pine savage. I had never 
been on a commercial aircraft or to a large 
city by myself. Heck, I had only been on 
an escalator a couple of times. 

Then there was the matter of the 
quality of my work. I was, after all, going 
to be in the same room with world-class 
makers. Well, to make a long story short, 

54 / BLADE 


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I somehow passed the inspection and was 
accepted as a probationary member. 

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to approach one of the people who 
inspected my work. I asked if he could 
tell me what I needed to do to make my 
knives better. His reply was, "You know 
what you need to do." The remark was to 
the point but not very helpful — or was it? 
His observation gave me an opportunity 
to do some careful self-examination of 
what I was doing and where my work was 

I went home with a renewed sense of 
the areas on which I needed to concentrate. 
Over the next few years I won quite a few 
awards for my work at various shows 
across the country. This told me I was on 
the right path. 

A Time to Share 

I believe that along with success comes 
the responsibility to share. So now it 
was time for me to share my time and 
experience with other makers and the 
Knifemakers' Guild. I was nominated 
for and elected to the Guild's board of 
directors, and am lucky enough today to 
be the organization's president. 

"I finally had 
moved from home- 
made to a quality 
handmade knife." 

— the author 

I am trying to be a good Guild member 
by being an active part of this fine 
organization. I hope that if other members 
see what I am doing, they will feel that 
they can do it, too. New blood and ideas 
will help the Guild move forward and 
continue to be a strong fixture in the 
knifemaking world. 

Today, I still feel a need to improve my 
work and am not too proud or embarrassed 
to ask questions. I want to do a better job 
on my knives for as long as I make them. 

For more information about the Guild, 
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56 / BLADE 


MAY 2006 

Bertie Rietveld's Dual-Bolster 
Tilt-Folder Mechanism 

One of the world's 
premier knifemakers 
explains how it came 
about and how 
he makes it 

By Bertie Rietveld 

I made my first knife in 1979 and 
since then have had a drive to 
make and do something different 
from the mainstream. So it came as 
no surprise to my fellow knifemakers 
that when I started making folders 
around the late 1980s, I had a prob- 
lem launching myself into the trend 
of locking-liner folders. 

Armed with "101 Folder Mecha- 
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and designing my own folder mecha- 
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and then spend months refining it 
and building prototypes from brass 

MAY 2006 


and plastic to see the merits of each 
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partial opener to be offered for sale. 

The Tweeter has a complicated 
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The essence of the mechanism is that 
the blade locks in both the open and 
closed positions, and, when closed, 
the blade is completely hidden in the 
handle. Simply press the button and 
the blade pops partially open with a 
distinct tweet sound, enough to grasp 
it and open it further manually. 

About 20 Tweeters saw the light 

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them as they were slowly driving me 
crazy! The complicated and hugely time- 
consuming nature of the mechanism was 
simply too much for me to handle. At 
this stage I probably spent six months or 
more full time building the various jigs 
needed to make the knife viable. May the 
Tweeter rest in peace! 

A couple of years searching for a new 
mechanism followed. Several prototypes 
and many failures later I took another 
fresh look at an old favorite of mine, the 
backlock (also known as the lockback). 
I did not like the ugly notch in the back 
of the knife, and, if the maker tries to 
hide it, it becomes a mission to work the 
mechanism. This led me to look for an 
alternative way to lift the lockbar out of 
the blade. I thought of using the bolsters 
to lift the lockbar, as this would be a 
wonderfully simple way of doing things 
while still maintaining the folder's 
smooth lines. In addition, I would be us- 
ing a tried-and-tested mechanism as the 
basis of my design, the backlock. The 
dual-bolster tilt mechanism was born! 

"Getting the 

ratios of the 

mechanism right 

took some doing." 

— the author 

The Mechanism Evolves 

Once again I went through the entire pro- 
cess of making working models, and this 
time I was wholly satisfied with the re- 
sulting knife and mechanism. It worked 
very well and was relatively uncompli- 
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I made the first few prototypes us- 
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to accept the bolsters. With three oval 
mother-of-pearl inlays on each side, I 
changed subsequent models by using 1- 
millimeter liners of titanium and fitting 
mammoth ivory scales. The simple con- 
structional change made more than six 
machining operations obsolete! 

Getting the ratios of the mechanism 
right took some doing also, with the pro- 
totypes being somewhat stiff to operate. 
As a result, on the subsequent knives I 
altered the position of the lift pin and 
the length of the bolsters to allow more 

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I enlisted my Swiss Technica tool- 
and-cutter grinder to very accurately 
grind the required angles after heat 
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to hold the blade and lockbar, I grind 
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curacy I expect. 

The mechanism that pushes the lock- 
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that joins the two bolsters together and 
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With the blade closed, the pin is captured 
between the lockbar at the top and the 
bottom of the slot in the liners. With the 
blade open, exactly the same thing hap- 
pens. The bolsters are thus in the normal 
position when the knife is both open and 
closed. To close the blade, push both 
bolsters up at the rear and they rotate 
around the main pivot of the knife until 
the pin unlocks the lockbar; the bolsters 
then gently return to the normal position 
as the blade pivots closed. 

"If you want to 

build it properly, 

you have to 

make jigs for 


— the author 

I turned the pivot pin on my Schaub- 
lin 102 lathe, another one of my Swiss 
beauties. The pivot consists of a male and 
female part machined from 303 stainless, 
which bolts the knife together as usual 
through the liners while the blade runs 
on a hardened bushing, also as per usual. 
On both sides of the knife there is a col- 
lar on the pivot that captures the bolsters, 
but has clearance to allow the bolsters to 
rotate around the pivot. 

Of course, the pin that joins them to- 
gether limits the rotation to the length of 
the slot in the liners. The pivot also has a 
hole through the middle that houses my 
trademark logo in a Stanhope lens. 

One Constant 

I have been making this mechanism for 
about four years and I still find opera- 
tions for which I would like to jig up. I 
guess as you gain more experience with 
a new mechanism, there is only one con- 

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press release and liked the looks of it. I 
love the wharncliffe- style blade. 
When the knife arrived in the mail, 
I was surprised at how small it is. I also 
noticed that it has another blade tucked 
down inside the handle. When I went to 
open it, the Two Can turned into a scissors. 
Cool! The scissors make for a handy little 
item. Another handy item is the carabiner 
clip. Clip the knife to a key ring and it is 
always ready. 

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I was in my garage preparing to draw designs 
for a new knife. My first chore was to find 
one of the dozen pencils hidden somewhere 
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blade and 
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softens them 
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Since the blades are only 
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the rest of the cord 
to wrap one of my 
tactical knives. 
So, I upped the 
stakes to 3/8- 
inch sisal rope. 
The Two Can 
cut through 
the sisal 12 

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MAY 2006 

The author stated that the Two Can is in 
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times before the edge started to slide. The 
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edge is super 

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Final Remarks 

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According to the author, the carabiner clip closes securely. 

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show calenda 


Note: Shows marked with an asterisk (*) have knives as the main focus. Events marked with two asterisks 
(**) are knifemaking seminars or symposiums, knife-throwing competitions, auctions, or other similar events. 
BLADE'S® "Show Calendar" also can be seen on BLADE'S website at www.blademag.com. 


March 10-12 Dalton, GA NKCA Northwest 
Georgia Knife Show, Northwest Georgia Trade 
& Convention Center. Contact the NKCA 

March 18 Schnecksville, PA Eastern Penn- 
sylvania Knife Collectors Association 2006 
Knife Show, Schnecksville Community Fire Co. 
Contact Eddy Petro 610.965.9248, Bill Odor 
610.847.4600, or Tom Iobst 610.965.8074 www. 

March 18-19 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 

12 tn Annual Canadian Knifemakers Guild 
Show, Days Inn Toronto Airport. Call Eric Elson 
519.678.1400 www.ckg.org.* 

March 18-19 Scottsdale, AZ 4 th Scottsdale 
Knife Collectors Show, Parada Expo Center. 
Contact Elliott Glasser, Dept. BL5, 7303 East 
Earl Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.945.0700 fax 
480.945.3333 USGRC@qwest.net.* 

March 24-26 Janesville, WI 23 rd Annual 
Badger Knife Show, Holiday Inn Express Janes- 
ville Conference Center. Contact Bob Schrap, 
Dept. BL5, POB 511, Elm Grove, WI 53122 

March 31-April 2 Harrisonburg, VA 15 th 
Annual Greater Shenandoah Valley Knife Show, 
Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Call Joey 
Foltz 540.833.6500 www.svkc.com.* 

March 31-April 2 Wilmington, OH NKCA 

Ohio Spring Knife Show, Roberts Centre. Call 
the NKCA office 423.875.6009.* 


April 1-2 Tulsa, OK Wanenmacher's Tulsa 
Arms Show, featuring The Knifemakers' Guild. 
Contact Tulsa Gun Show, POB 33201, Tulsa, 
OK 74153-1201 918.492.0401 fax 918.492.0458 
mail@tulsagunshow.com, www.tulsaarmsshow. 

April 7-9 McCalla, AL Jim Batson/ Alabama 
Forge Council Bladesmithing Symposium, 
Cutting Competition and Knife Show, Tannehill 
State Park. Contact Jim Batson, Dept. BL5, 176 
Brentwood, Madison, AL 35758 540.937.2318 
jbbatson@knology.net. * */* 

April 8-9 Eugene, OR 31st Annual Oregon 
Knife Show, Lane County Convention Center. 
Contact the OKCA, POB 2091, Dept. BL5, 
Eugene, OR 97402 541.484.5564 www. 
oregonknifeclub.org. * 

April 8-9 Bethalto, IL Bunker Hill Knife 
Show, Knights of Columbus Hall. Contact Mike 

Pellegrin 618.667.6777 mikepell@apci.net.* 

April 14-15 Durban, South Africa Durban 
Easter Knife Show, Durban Exhibition Centre 
(Hall 6). Contact Beatrice 27 (0) 33 347 0463 or 
27 (0) 82 908 0064 beatrice@abcd.co.za.* 

April 21-23 Shepherdsville, KY NKCA 

Shepherdsville Spring Show, Paroquet Springs 
Conference Centre. Contact the NKCA 423.875- 

April 22-23 Coquitlam, B.C., Canada The 

Vancouver Knife Show, Coquitlam Sports 
Complex. Contact Bob Patrick 604.538.6214 
bob@knivesonnet.com. * 

April 28-30 Novi, MI Wolverine Knife Collec- 
tors Club Show, a joint show with Michigan 
Antique Arms Club, New Rock Financial Show- 
place. Contact Pat Donovan 586.786.5549 or 
Frank Meek 586.264.2031 (evenings). 

April 28-30 Solvang, CA 22 nd Annual 
Solvang Custom Knife Show, Royal Scandina- 
vian Inn. Call Nordic Knives 805.688.3612 fax 
805.688.1635 www.nordicknives.com.* 


May 6-7 Melbourne, Australia Australian 
Knifemakers Guild Knife Show, The Interna- 
tional Hotel Ibis. For more information call (03) 
9807 6771, taskerley@optusnet.com.au, www. 

May 6-7 Washington, AR ABS Spring Hammer- 
In, Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing. Call 
Scotty Hayes, school director, 903.838.4541 ext. 


May 7-8 Tucson, AZ Tucson 3 rd Annual Knife 
Show, Tucson Convention Center. Contact Mike 
Griffin, Dept. BL5, 5301 E. Sahuaro Dr., Scotts- 
dale, AZ 85254 480.948.2961, or call DonNorris 
520.744.2494 or Ted Vance 520.275.0798.* 

May 13-14 Mystic, CT NCCA Annual Show, 
Hilton Mystic. Contact Caroline Levine 
978.375.0896 cklevine@att.net.* 

May 19-21 Springfield, MO NKCA Springfield 
Knife Show, in conjunction with RK Gun Show, 
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Contact the NKCA 


June 3-4 Dover, OH 18 th Annual Western 
Reserve Cutlery Association Invitational Knife 
Expo, Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Contact 
D. Musgrave, Dept. BL5, POB 355, Dover, OH 
44622 330.745.4242 dmusgrav@neo.rr.com, 

June 8-10 Pigeon Forge, TN Parkers' Greatest 
Knife Show on Earth #30, Grand Hotel Conven- 
tion Center. Contact PKCS, attn: B. Parker, Dept. 
BL5, 6715 Heritage Business Ct., Chattanooga, 

TN 37422 423.892.0448.* 

June 10-11 Tacoma, WA Northwest Knife 
Collectors' Show, Freight House Square. Contact 
Tony Berg 253.473.6967 or Don Hanham 
425.827.1644 www.nwkc.org.* 

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adjacent to the Renaissance Waverly Hotel. The 
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129 factory booths. Join the world's greatest 
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manufacturers, collectors, collections and knife 
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Of-The-Year Awards® for factory knives, points 
for the 2006 BLADEhandmade™ Awards, Blade 
Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame® induction & 
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blademagazine@krause.com, www.bladeshow 

June 23-25 Springfield, MO NKCA Spring- 
field Knife Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. 
Contact the NKCA 423.875.6009.* 


Aug. 4-5 Adamstown, PA 1 st Dutch Land Knife 
Show, Weavers Pavilion. Call Larry Thomas 
610.678.6132 athomas816@aol.com, or Mike 
Sullivan 724.733.5433 ironmaster@alltel.net.* 

Aug. 4-6 Orlando, FL Knifemakers' Guild Show, 
Buena Vista Palace. Presidents' Gala Aug. 3. 
Contact Gene Shadley, Dept. BL5, 263 15 Norway, 
Bovey, NM 55709 218.245.1639 phone/fax 
bses@uslink.net, www.knifemakersguild.com. * 

To ensure timely publication of your knife 
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OLDER CASE pocketknives for sale. XX, USA, 10 Dot and 
others. Clean outstanding knives with pretty handles. Please 
call or write for my list. Charlie Mattox, PO Box 1565, Gallatin, 
TN 37066. 1-877-520-9192, voice mail pager. Mobile phone 
61 5-41 9-5669. Http://www.mattoxknife.com 

WANTED: CASE pocketknives especially 10 Dot and older. 
Check with Charlie before you sell. Call or write. Charlie 
Mattox, PO Box 1565, Gallatin, TN 37066. 1-877-520-9192, 
voice mail pager. Mobile phone 615-419-5669. 


RUANA KNIVES-WANTED By long time collector. New knives 
or old knives with "M" stamp, small knife stamp or signature. 
No collection to small. Any condition. Call or write-Vincent 
Roberts, 300 Marshall LN SE, Cleveland, TN. 37323-(423- 
559-5168). or Email:Hillbillenigma@earthlink.net 


SCAGEL KNIVES and axes wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 39840. 229-732-6982 anytime. 


REMINGTON KNIVES: Bullets, Wildlife, commemoratives, 
anniversary issues all years. Product information and pricing. 
800-622-5120 daytime. 


SPYDERCO COLLECTIONS wanted: Unused/ mint condition, 
rare or common, 5 to 125 knives. Also wanted: Microtech, 
Benchmade, Vintage Bucks, others. Cash waiting. Mike 313- 
594-7461, Email: mike280Z@yahoo.com 

TOPS KNIVES- Buy from Blade Place and save. Orders over 
$1 00 get free shipping (USA Only}. Buy 2 knives and get 1 0% 
discount. Toll Free order line 888-356-4724 or order online 
www.bladeplace.com. Mention this ad to get your discount. 


SUPERIOR SWORDS Indestructible. Simply The Best. 
bradyodom.com bradyodomswords@yahoo.com. Brady 
Odom Master Sword Maker 1-800-573-4005 28 




LOVELESS KNIVES wanted: Gordon White, PO 
Cuthbert, GA 39840. 229-732-6982 anytime. 

Box 181, 




MORAN KNIVES wanted by collector. Bob 415-768-4821. 


$300 REWARD fee plus top $$ dollar paid for knives 
marked "A.J.VANADISTIN". 920-450-0723 


FOR SALE: My husbands collection, started in early 70's, 
consists of Randall, Ruana, Morseth, Johnson, Sigman, 
Franklin, Centofante, & many others. Call me and I will send 
pictures, 502-633-3384. 

FOR SALE: Seven exquisite Phill Hartsfield knives. Contact 
Dominique Beaucant, 25-92 50th St, Woodside, NY 11377. 

WANTED: SCAGEL, R.H. Ruana, Randall, Loveless, Morseth, 
Remington, and Marbles knives and axes. Any Heiser knife or 
axe sheaths. 229-732-6982, anytime. Gordon White, Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 39840. 


FOR SALE: I have Blade magazines from 1973-May 2006 
available. Please call 502-633-3384. 



BOKER 71 2 or 715 any condition Damascus or etched blades. 

FOR SALE: Antlers (deer, elk, moose), buckskins, tanned 
furs, etc. Over 150,000 items. Complete Internet catalog 
(pictures), http://www.hideandfur.com 

WANTED: ANY condition handmade knives; Randall, 
Scagel, Ruana, F.S. Richtig, Morseth, Bone, Cooper, 
Loveless, Moran, Lile, etc. Also military knives and 
pocketknives, watches. Send description and price to: 
Angelo Solino, 6 Wesley Court N, Huntington, NY 11743. 



DISCOUNTS UP to 55% on Case, Columbia River, Chris 
Reeve, Buck, Puma, Lone Wolf, Smith and Wesson, Gerber, 
Boker, Benchmade, Spyderco, Queen Schatt & Morgan, 
Kershaw and many more. Free catalog. Sooner State Knives, 
PO Box 67, Konawa, OK 74849. 580-925-3708 VISA/MC. 
ssknives@swbell.net or visit our web site 

GREEN RIVER Knives, ivory micarta, buffalo horn, oak, with 
sheaths. Brochure $1 York Mountain Enterprises, RD2 Box 
272B Dept. B, Pittsfield, PA 16340. 

LIST OF over 600 automatic antique and modern knives. 
Including Case Zippers, Ka-Bar, Grizzly, Presto, Flylock, Case, 
Remington, Latama, Italian pick locks and many more 
brands. Send $5.00 refundable with first order. Skelton 
Enterprise, Jerry Skelton, 3795 Hwy. 188, Alamo, TN 38001. 
731-656-2443. Request list "S". 

OCCULT CATALOGS Spells, Charms, books, curio, and more! 
Get revenge! Send $5 to: Thorns Corner, PO Box 8028, 
Lewiston, ME 04243-8028. 

THROWING KNIFE catalog and instruction sheet sent free for 
SASE to: Tru-Balance Knife Co., PO Box 140555, Grand 
Rapids, Ml 49514. 

COLLECTOR KVIVES- Queen, Schatt & Morgan, Ka-Bar, 
Remington and Case. Send $2 for our catalog. S & S and 
Sons Cutlers, Po Box 501A Lomita, CA 90717 PH 310-326- 
3869 or www.snsandsonscutlers.com. 

MAMMOTH TEETH Scales. Specializing in custom cutting 
and stabilizing, other materials, antlers, ivories, stabilized 
woods. Email: crazyfoxreb@aol.com Cell: 903-216-6790. 
Home: 903-849-6094. 

HANDCRAFTED KNIFE display cabinets, your choice of wood 
and velvet color, knifes rests made from antler. 
www.DorrisWoodCreations.com 260-336-0764. 


NORTHWEST SCHOOL of Knifemaking. 7-day spring and fall 
classes followed up with bi-annual hammer-ins. 425-402- 
3484 or bronksknifeworks.com 

FINE FOLDERS deserve protection. Ron Lake and Mike 
Walker send their folders with one of these soft goatskin, 
ultrasuede lined slips. Six sizes for pocket or belt. Arne 
Mason, 258 Wimer, Ashland, OR 97520. 541-482-2260, 



FOLDER SUPPLIES pivot pins, stainless and gold plated 
screws, titanium sheet. IBS Intl., R.B. Johnson, Box 11, 
Clearwater, MN 55320. 320-558-6128. 


NORDIC KNIFE making supplies. The most extensive catalog 
of Scandinavian knife making supplies on the web. Hand 
forged custom Damascus blades from some of the finest 
bladesmiths in Europe, factory blades, curly birch, sheaths, 
exotic woods, tools, kits, knife making tips and more. Come 
to Brisa knife making supply of Finland for all of your knife 
making needs, http://www.brisa.fi 

STEEL TANG Stamps: Mark your knives with your name, logo 
or design. Quality hand-cut hardened steel stamps made to 
your specifications. "If it's worth making, it's worth marking." 
Established 1898. Henry A. Evers, Corp. 72 Oxford St., 
Providence, Rl 02905. 800-553-8377. 


KNIFE WEBSITE: Own your very own knife webstore, make 
money selling top quality, brand name blades and tactic; ' 
gear. Call Ken 954-815-7587 or email cruiserkf1@aol.com 


OIL HARDENING/ zone and clay tempering- all steels. Lee 
Oates, PO Box 1391, LaPorte, TX 77572-1391. For prices 
http://www.bearclawknives.com 281 -587-6080. 

money selling top quality, brand name blades and tactical 
" -54-8 

SALES AND Service, knives and razors, established 25 years, 
regional mall location, 10 miles East of Pittsburgh for sale, 

12 YEAR established knife business in North Carolina for 
sale. 919-460-0203 or email beckscutlery@mindspring.com 
Beck's Cutlery 


DISPLAY CASES: Oak, Walnut, wood, glass, standard or 
custom sizes. 28 page catalog. Send $1. Woodland Products, 
61292 CR 7, Elkhart, IN 46517. 


CUSTOM LEATHER Knife Sheaths in your design or mine. 
Write or call: Robert Schrap, 7024 W. Wells St., Wauwatosa, 
Wl 53213. 414-771-6472 evenings or knifesheaths@aol.com 

MARBLE'S ARMS Collection of over 400 lots is being offered 
at auction by Stanton Auctioneers on April 22, 2006. Sale 
begins at 10:00 a.m. in the 4-H building on the Eaton County 
Fairgrounds in Charlotte, Michigan. Call or e-mail the 
auctioneeers for the complete listing 517-726-0181 
stantons@voyager.net. Or contact the collection owner, 
Gordon Fuhr at 269-945-5348. Four words can be used to 
describe this private collection - quantity, quality, rarity and 
condition. Gordon Fuhr 269-945-5348. 


CUSTOM SCRIMSHAW by Juanita Rae Conover. Single or full 
color. Wildlife a specialty. Exceptional quality. Call for sample 
pictures and turn around information. PO Box 70442, 
Eugene, OR 97401, 541-747-1726 or 

SCRIMSHAW, RELIEF carving, 3D carving, in business since 
1979, timbeersscrimshaw@hotmail.com 607-467-3961, 
http:// home.twcny.rr.com/sixth pacavalry/scrimshaw.htm 


ATTENTION CUT-OUT coin jewelry, coin buckles, inserts, bolo 
ties, chains, holders, tie-tacks, key chains, money clips, 
jewelry components. Great money maker. Catalog $1. 
Bernard Myles, 1605 S 7th St, Terre Haute, IN 47802. 812- 

CUTTING EDGE Outdoor Goods- Knives, Multi-Tools, Metal 
Detectors, MORE! Low Prices. $3.95 Shipping! 



AG Russell Knives, Inc 65 

Admiral Steel LP. 108 

Al Mar Knives 59 

American Bladesmith Society ..69 

Arizona Custom Knives 60 

Atlanta Cutlery 115 

Axtion Bladez 72 


Banyan Bay Inc 41 

Beckwith's Blades 60 

Best Knives 95 

Blade Art 63 

Blade Show 2006 102 

Blade Show West 96 

Blade-Tech Ind 106 

Bladegallery.com 108 

Blue Ridge Knives 32,68 

Bob Dozier Knives 92 

Boker USA 3 

Bonds House Of Cutlery 85 

Bowie Corporation 67 

Bradley's Blades 93 

Briar Custom Knives 8 

Buck Knives 16 

Buckeye Engraving 82 


CAS. Iberia 116 

Canadian Knifemakers Guild ....40 

Carlson, Kelly 37 

Center Cross Video 71 

Chopra Deepak 81 

Chris Reeve Knives 20 

Collectibles Insurance Agency. .53 

The advertisers' index is 



Columbia River 27,65 

Crawford, Pat 61 

Custom Knife Company 37 

Custom Shoppe, LLC 85 

Cutting Edge Cutlery 93 


Davidson, Edmund 71 

Denton, JW 67 


Edgecraft Corporation 50 

Elen Hunting & Importing Inc. 


Elishewitz Custom Knives 85 

Finer Points 26 

Fowler, Ed 107 

Frost Cutlery 36 


G.L Pearce Abrasive Co 71 

Gary Levine Fine Knives 85 

George Trout 71 

Giraffebone.com 60 

Grohmann Knives Ltd 92 

Guild, Don 52 


Halpern Titanium 70 

Hanson, Don 16 

Hawkins Knife Making Supplies 


Hayes, Wally 35 

Henry Evers Corp 95 

Idaho Knife Works 71 

provided as a reader service. Occasional last-minute changes may result in ads appearing on pages other than those listed here. 
The publisher assumes no liability for omissions or errors. 

Jantz Supply 21 

Jim's Cutlery Company 38 

JT's Knife Shop 68 


Kelgin Knives 72 

Kencrest/Hara 49,70 

Kershaw Knives 19,29,43 

King, Kenneth 36 

Knife & Gun Finishing Supplies. .98 
Knife Center Of The Internet ....89 

Knife Mart 14,63 

Knifekits.com 97 

Knifemakers Guild Show 55 

Knifeshows.com 89 

Knives Plus 48 

Koval Knives & Supplies 111 


Lambert, Kirby 89 

Lansky Sharpeners 98 

Legendaryknifemakers.com 95 

Lightfoot Knives 93 

Lone Star Wholesale 82 

Lone Wolf Knives 39,69 


Magnum USA 68 

Marlowe, Charles 68 

Martin, Peter 72 

Masecraft Supply 53 

Master Cutlery 50 

McDonald, Rich 82 

Meyerco 9 

Midwest Gun Exchange 15 

Moki Knife Company 52 

Mooney, Mike 67 

Moteng International Inc 31 

Mother Of Pearl Company. .66, 107 
Myknifedealer.com 35 


National Knife Distributors 69 

NC Tool Company 59 

New Graham Knives 44 

Nittinger Knives/Ventura 72 

Nordic Knives 61 


O'Hare Knives 71 

Ontario Knife/Queen Cutlery. .7, 58 

Osborne, Warren 82 

0S0 Grande Knife & Tool 48 


Paragon Industries 109 

Paragon Sporting Goods 48 

Parkers' Knife Collector Service 


Peters's Heat Treating Inc 91 

Pietro Rosa Due Buoi Snc 35 

Plaza Cutlery 38,58 

Pro Cut 5 


Randall Made Knives 67 

Red Hill Corporation 66 

Reddick Enterprises 72 

Riverside Machine 70 

Root, Gary 70 

Sheffield Knifemaker Supply Inc. 

Shenandoah Valley Knife 

Collectors 67 

Shepherd Hills Walnut 2 

Shunnarah, Alex 93 

Simbatec 68 

Simonich Knives, LLC 96 

Smokey Mountain Knife Works 

Inc 56 

SOG Specialty Knives 25 

Steele Addiction Custom Knives 


Strider Knives 87 

Swinguard's Custom Knife Sale 


Szilaski, Joseph 37 


Taylor Cutlery 106 

Texas Knife Outfitters 48 

Texas Knifemakers Supply 40 

Toolshop 68 

Tops 68,70,71,72 

Trident Knives 56 

Tru-Grit 62 

Tru-Hone Corporation 67 

True North Knives 8,41 

Twin Blades 37 

United Cutlery 11 

Vagnino, Michael 72 


William Henry Knives 5 

Wilson Tactical 60 

what's new 

Wave Damascus 
Buoys Button Lock 

William Henry's "Rio" button- 
lock folder sports a ZDP- 
laminated blade, and a snakewood handle. 
For more information contact William 
Henry Fine Knives, attn: M. Conable, 
Dept. BL5, 3200 N.E. Rivergate Dr., 
McMinnville, OR 97128 888.563.4500. 

at's new 

Folder Defined By 
Scorpion Carving 

on Norris offers a folder with a 3 
3/8-inch Jim Ferguson damascus 
blade, and a bone handle carved by 
Shandar to resemble a scorpion. 

For more information contact Don 
Norris, Dept. BL5, 8710 N. Hollybrook 
Ave., Tucson, AZ 85742 520.744.2494. 

Bertuzzi Builds An 
ATS-34 Interframe 


I ttore Bertuzzi 's Ron Lake-style ATS- 
34 interframe folder features bark- 
mammoth-ivory handle inlays. 
For more information contact Ettore 
Bertuzzi, Dept. BL5, ViaPartigiani 3, 24068 
Seriate (Bergamo), Italy 035.294262. 

Puukko Dons Dyed 
Arctic Birch Grip 

Kellam's KPR4 Puukko showcases 
a 3 3/4-inch high-carbon-steel 
blade, a dyed-arctic-curly-birch 
handle and a brass bolster. 

For more information contact Kellam, 
attn: J. Kellokoski, Dept. BL5, 902 S. Dixie 
Hwy, Lantana, FL 33462 800.390.6918. 

Mcusta Pieces Have 
Laminated Blades 

Mcusta debuts folders with VG- 
10-and-damascus laminated 
blades, and damascus grips. 
Contact Mcusta, c/o Kencrest, attn: E. 
Iwahara, Dept. BL5, 6403 Reflection Dr., Ste. 
108, San Diego, CA 92124 858.204.0197. 

Kutmaster Knife Is 
All Stainless Steel 

The Kutmaster KM30 Marine is an 
all-440C-stainless-steel locking-liner 
folder, complete with a skeletonized 
handle, a thumb stud and a pocket clip. 

For more information contact Kutmas- 
ter, attn: R. Joswick, Dept. BL5, 820 Noyes 
St.,Utica,NY 13503 800.888.4223. 

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MAY 2006 

what's new 

what s new 

Begg Fashions A 
CPM S30V Integral 

Todd Begg's integral knife features 
a recurved CPM S30V blade and a 
green-linen-Micarta® handle. 
For more information contact Todd 
Begg, Dept. BL5, 420 169th St. S, Span- 
away, WA 98387 253.531.2113. 

Damascus Enlivens 
Gentleman's Folder 

The ironwood grip of James Harrison's 
gent's folder is sandwiched between 
a Devin Thomas vines-and-roses- 
pattern-damascus blade and bolsters. 

For more information contact James 
Harrison, Dept. BL5, 721 Fairington View 
Dr., St. Louis, MO 63129 314.894.2525. 

Bell-Style Bowie 
Sports Horn Handle 

C.A.S. Iberia releases a Samuel Bell- 
style bowie incorporating an 1 1 3/4- 
inch, high-carbon- steel blade, a horn 
handle and nickel-silver fittings. 

For more information contact C.A.S. 
Iberia, attn: J. Epperson, Dept. BL5, 650 
Industrial Blvd., Sale Creek, TN 37373 

DVD Outlines Knife 
Defense Tactics 

The Center For Self Preservation Train- 
ing releases Counter Knife Tactics, a 
training DVD illustrating defense tech- 
niques against assailants armed with knives. 

For more information contact C.S.P.T, 
attn: D. Barbito, Dept. BL5, POB 1071, Paso 
Robles, CA 93447 805.239.3761. 


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Knife Bolsters Are 
Raindrop Mokume 

Gary Rodewald's "Formal Fighter" 
features a 7-inch 1084 blade, dove- 
tailed, raindrop-pattern-mokume 
bolsters and a buffalo-horn handle. 

For more information contact Gary 
Rodewald, Dept. BL5, 447 Grouse Ct., 
Hamilton, MT 59840 406.363.2192. 

Stag Grip Anchors 
Damasteel Bowie 

.W. Wilson's #1 Bowie parades a 
12-inch, rose-pattern, Damasteel 
damascus blade and a stag handle. 
For more information contact R.W. 

Wilson, Dept. BL5, POB 2012, Weirton, 

WV 26062 304.723.2771. 

MAY 2006 


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knifemaker showcase 

"Knifemaker Showcase" spotlights the photographs of knives sent by any and all custom knifemakers to BLADE® for filing in the Knifemakers Archive. The 

Knifemakers Archive is the most complete collection of knifemakers' knives and information in the world. If you are a custom knifemaker and have not sent 

us a photo (the better quality the photo, the better chance it has of getting in the magazine), write to: BLADE, c/o Krause Publications, 700 E. State, lola, 

Wl 54990 blademagazine@krause.com. Please include a close-up mug shot of yourself with your knife picture. 

Barry Gallagher 

Even though Barry Gallagher primarily builds high-end damas- 
cus folders, he continues to enjoy fashioning simple utility 
pieces. "Making mosaic damascus is my passion," he says. "As 
I'm forging steel, I like to envision the damascus patterns as 
they'll look on the finished knives. I'm still learning new things 
all the time. You can never know it all — that is my 'dangling 
carrot."' The locking-liner folder 
(left) features a blued-dragon- 
flies-mosaic-damascus blade and 
bolsters, and a gold-lip-mother- 
of-pearl handle. Gallagher's 
list price: $2,900. His address: 
Dept. BL5, 135 Park St., Lewis- 
town, MT 59457 406.538.7056 
(Point Seven photo) 


A bow hunter, Garth 
Thompson makes his own 
arrowheads, and since he 

hunts in grizzly country, he carries two knives — a small 
one for skinning and basic camp chores, and a big bowie. "I've even been known 
to carry a short sword," Thompson says. "I started making knives around 1986. I 
wanted a Rambo knife but couldn't afford to buy one. A neighbor gave me a saw 
blade and told me to make my own. I spent months grinding it out with an angle 
grinder, putting bevels on it. Once it was done, I tried to stick it in a tree, and the 
handle broke off. From then on, I was hooked on trying to make a better knife." 
The bird and trout knife (above) sports a 4-inch ATS-34 blade, a brass guard and a 
cocobolo handle. Thompson's list price: n/a. His address: Dept. BL5, 145 Moun- 
tain Cir., Airdre, Alberta T4A 1X6 Canada 403.945. 1569 www.sgtblades.com. 

Lee Ferguson 

In addition to woodcarving, wood- 
working, stone carving, scrim- 
shaw and engraving, Lee Ferguson 
makes knives and his own tools 
and machinery. "I enjoy taking 
raw materials and turning them 
into beautiful, useful tools," he 
says. "My knives have traveled all 
over the world. In Jerusalem, in the Temple Institute, are 
two cast sacrificial knives I designed and made. One is 
solid silver and the other is bronze. They were commis- 
sioned by a Jewish friend of mine who donated them 
to the institute." The engraved 440C fixed blade (right) 
features 416 stainless steel bolsters and an oosic handle. 
Ferguson's list price: $800. His address: Dept. 
BL5, 1993 Madison 7580, Hindsville, AR 72738 
479.443.0084 info@fergusonknives.com. 

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MAY 2006 


A member of the 
Northeast Cutlery 
Collectors Associa- 
tion, Mark Laramie 
has been fashioning 
bladed beauties since 
2000. "I started with 
a couple of books 
on knifemaking that I checked 
out from the local library," he 
notes. "I'm pretty much self- 
taught." Laramie says he cuts all 
of his knifemaking materials by 
hand and "free grinds" (without 
fixtures) blades. "I use retail- 
store-bought equipment and do 
not mill or CNC any of my knife 
parts," he relates. "I enjoy working with damascus by various 
makers and usually use ivory, bone or pearl for my handles." 
Laramie specializes in building slip-joint folders, lockbacks 
and locking-liner folders of his own design. His "Maverick" 
model (above right) showcases a Thunderforged damascus 
blade, Mike Sakmar mokume bolsters, an elephant-ivory 
handle and gold-plated screws. Laramie's list price: $475. His 
address: Dept. BL5, 181 Woodland St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 
978.502.2726 laramieknives(S)verizon.net. 

Steve Myers Sr. 

"After working there 25 years, I retired last spring from the highway 
department," Steve Myers Sr. says, "and I spent the summer of 2005 
building a new shop with a forge room." Myers saw his first custom 
knife at a mall cutlery store in the mid- '70s, and it prompted him 
to make his own. The first knife magazine he saw was BLADE®. 
"That first magazine provided me with suppliers for all my knife- 
making materials, and it gave me show dates," he 
exclaims. Myers' spear-point bowie (below) dons a 
10-inch random-pattern-damascus blade, brass and 
nickel-silver fittings, and a 
stellar-sea-cow-bone handle. 
His list price for a similar 
piece: $700. His address: 
Dept. BL5, 9034 Hickory I 
Rd., Virginia, IL 62691 
217.452.3157. (Weyer photo) 

Garrett White 

Twenty-two years old and a college senior, Garrett White 
majors in mechanical engineering. "I go home on weekends, 
which limits the number of knives I make to about 25 folders and five fixed blades 
a year," he says. Garrett, his brother, David, and his father, Gerald, all began making 
knives in 2001, after a visit to Mike Wilson's knife shop. Each of them made a simple 
fixed blade there and, since then, has branched out into making folders. "I enjoy the 
design aspect of knifemaking most, drawing inspiration from traditional and modern 
knives," Garrett remarks. His locking-liner folder (above) features a 3 1/4-inch Mike 
Norris crazy-lace-damascus blade and bolsters, and a woolly-mammoth-bark-ivory 
handle. Garrett's list price: $650. His address: Dept. BL5, 871 Sarijon Rd., Hartwell, 
GA 30643 706.376.5944. (Custom Knife Gallery of Colorado photo) 

MAY 2006 


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your k 

knife rights 


Searches and Seizures in 
Public Schools Part I 

See how Fourth Amendment rights play out in a 
case involving the California school system 

By Judge Lowell Bray 
BLADE® field editor 

In the past few installments, "Your 
Knife Rights" has reviewed cases that 
consider whether authorities are justi- 
fied in searching a person or his belong- 
ings. The fine story by attorney Evan 
Nappen in the April BLADE® ("Busted!") 
also addressed the subject. 

The basic understanding of the concept 
is drawn from the Fourth Amendment of the 
Constitution, which says, in part, "the right 
of the people to be secure in their persons, 
houses, papers, and effects, against unrea- 
sonable searches and seizures, shall not be 
violated." Most of the cases "Your Knife 
Rights" has reviewed turned on the issue 
of whether the authorities had a legal right 
to arrest the individual, or whether they 
were justified in searching him for weap- 
ons in order to ensure their own safety. 
However, sometimes the results in these 
cases depend on exactly what the court 
rules constitutes a search. 

In recent years, a large number of the 
cases involving questionable searches have 
concerned students. One such case is that 
of Cody S. The facts in the case, as recited 
by the court of appeals, were as follows: 

On May 21 , 2002, campus safety 
officer Diane Stanley received an 
anonymous telephone call reporting 
that [a] minor [Cody S.] had a knife 
in his backpack. The caller did not 

80 / BLADE 

say how he knew about the knife and 
did not say that he had seen it. The 
only information Stanley had about 
the caller was that he sounded like a 
young male. 


suspicion 5 is a 

lower standard 

than probable 

— the author 

Stanley had two male safety offi- 
cers escort the minor from his PE 
class to her office. She instructed 
them to have the minor bring his 
belongings with him. The minor testi- 
fied that the officers ordered him to 
open his locker and that "they" took 
his clothing and backpack out of the 
locker. "They" stuffed his trousers 
into the backpack. He reported to 
Stanley's office in his gym clothes. 

When the minor arrived at her 

office, Stanley told him what the caller 
had told her. The minor at first denied 
having a knife, but then recalled that 
he did have a knife in his backpack, 
in one of the zippered compart- 
ments. He said he had left it there 
after a camping trip. Stanley opened 
a zippered compartment of the back- 
pack and found what appeared to be 
(contraband). She opened another 
zippered compartment and found a 
knife with a blade measuring three 
and three-quarter inches. She then 
searched the minor's trousers, which 
had been inside the backpack. 

Stanley told the minor that they 
were going to search his vehicle, 
then asked if he minded. The minor 
replied that he did not mind and 
provided his keys. The search of his 
vehicle, which was parked on [a] 
street off school premises, revealed 
(more contraband). 

Cody moved to suppress the evidence 
as the product of an illegal search. He 
argued that there were three different ille- 
gal searches — one of his gym locker, one 
of his backpack and trousers, and one of 
his car. The trial court granted the motion 
as to the search of his car, finding that he 
did not voluntarily consent to the search 
and that the school authorities had no right 


MAY 2006 

to search a car that was not parked on 
the school grounds. The court denied the 
motion as to the other searches and found 
Cody to be in violation of a statute that 
prohibited possession of a knife on school 

On appeal the California Appellate 
Court analyzed the case as follows: 

Students in public schools 
have a legitimate expectation of 
privacy in their persons and in the 
personal effects they bring to school. 
However, because the student's legit- 
imate expectation of privacy must 
be balanced against the school's 
obligation to maintain discipline 

"In California, a 
student has an 
expectation of 
privacy in his 
school locker." 
— the author 

and to provide a safe environment 
for all students and staff, school 
officials may conduct a search of 
the student's person and personal 
effects based on a reasonable suspi- 
cion that the search will disclose 
evidence that the student is violating 
or has violated the law or a school 
rule. "Reasonable suspicion" is a 
lower standard than probable cause. 
Ultimately, the legality of the search 
"depends, simply, on the reasonable- 
ness, under all the circumstances, of 
the search." 

The minor argues that a tip from 
an anonymous informant cannot 
provide a reasonable suspicion for a 
search by school officials. He argues 
that the tip in this case lacked [a] 
sufficient [indication] of reliability 
because the caller did not provide 
any information beyond the bare 
assertion that the minor had a knife 
in his backpack. The caller did not 
say how he knew about the knife or 
provide any additional information 
about the minor's activities or about 
himself. From these facts, the minor 
argues that the searches of his gym 
locker and of the backpack were 

We do not need to decide whether 
the anonymous tip was sufficient 
under the circumstances of this case 
to provide reasonable suspicion. 

There was no "search" of the minor's 
locker, and the minor's admission 
that he had a knife justified the 
subsequent search of the backpack. 

A "search" is defined as a govern- 
mental intrusion upon or invasion 
of a citizen's personal security in an 
area in which he has a reasonable 
expectation of privacy. In Califor- 
nia, a student has an expectation of 
privacy in his school locker. However, 
the scope of the student's legitimate 
expectation of privacy in a locker 
may be limited under some circum- 
stances. In Zamora v. Pomeroy for 
example, the court held that the exis- 
tence of a published school policy, 
stating that a student's possession of 
his locker is not exclusive as against 
the school, lowered the expectation 
of privacy that the student might 
otherwise have held with respect to 
his locker. 

In this case, the locker in question 
was the minor's gym locker. Accord- 
ing to the minor's own testimony, 
students are permitted to use their 
gym lockers to store street cloth- 
ing, books, backpacks and other 
personal effects only while they 
are in PE class. At all other times, 
students are permitted to store only 
their gym clothes in their gym lock- 
ers. Because the minor was being 
removed from his PE class, he had 
no expectation of privacy in the 
sense of expecting that his back- 
pack and street clothes could remain 
in the locker. And, the officers' act 
of directing the minor to remove his 
personal effects and take them with 
him to the security office was noth- 
ing more than an order that the minor 
comply with a known school rule; 
it did not constitute a search of the 
locker. Because the officers did not 
search the items [that] were removed 
from the locker, it is irrelevant that 
they, rather than the minor, removed 
the items from the locker. Merely 
removing the items, without more, 
did not constitute a search under the 
circumstances. Finally, the officers 
did not engage in any other conduct 
[that] could be deemed a search of 
the locker or its contents. 

The minor's statement to Stanley 
that he had just remembered that he 
had a knife in his backpack was obvi- 
ously sufficient to create a reason- 
able suspicion that he did indeed 
have a knife. That statement alone, 
without regard to the informant's 
statement, was sufficient to justify 
the search of the backpack. The 
scope of the search — opening three 
zippered compartments of the back- 
pack — was also justified. The origi- 








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nal intrusion into the first zippered 
compartment was justified by the 
minor's statement that the knife was 
in one of the compartments. Opening 
the first zippered compartment was 
therefore reasonably related to the 
original objective of the search. 

"In its entire dis- 
cussion, the court 

did not men- 
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— the author 

The continued search after the 
discovery of the knife was also justi- 
fied. Having found both a knife and 
other contraband, Stanley could 
reasonably have entertained the 
suspicion that the minor's backpack 
contained additional contraband 
items in violation of the law or of 
school rules, or both. 

Finally, because there was no 
search of the locker, the minor's 
admission that he had a knife in his 
backpack was not, as the minor 
argues, the fruit of an illegal search. 

The judgment of the juvenile court was 

It is interesting to note that, in its entire 
discussion, the court did not mention the 
Fourth Amendment — the basic law ensur- 
ing a citizen's right to be free of unreason- 
able searches. 

The facts for the story are from In re Cody 
S., 121 Cal. App. 4 th 86 (2004). 

Next time, "Your Knife Rights" will 
review a case involving another Califor- 
nia student in which a girl's purse was 
searched and a knife seized — a case with a 
different result. 

The author has been a lawyer since 1973 
and a judge since 1982. He is secretary/ 
treasurer of The Knifemakers ' Guild, a 
journeyman smith in the American Blade- 
smith Society and a charter member of the 
Florida Knifemakers Association. 

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The etch is one means of revealing 
information about the blade that 
does not require destructive testing. 
(Fowler photo) 


The Knife 
and You: 

Developing a Team 

You and your favorite 

knife become as one through 

knowledge and teamwork 

With either a dog 

or a knife, if you 

do your homework 

thoroughly before 

you choose one, • 
the choice is more 
likely to b e^\gopd 
one. One of the 
uthor's favorite %L 
ogs, Blue, naps 
the author's old 

I his winter morning is cold and quiet on the Wil- 
low Bow, a good day in the making. While sit- 
_ ting here drinking my coffee from my favorite 
mug that has shared many mornings with me, I look 
at a picture of a black Labrador retriever. A quote 
on the back of the picture states that every man de- 
serves at least one great hunting dog in his lifetime, 
and calls for a toast to that great dog and the ones 
who were not so special, but never forgotten. 

My thoughts returned to the many great dogs 

By Ed Fowler 
BLADE® field editor 

that have blessed me with their company. I have 
been truly blessed with good dogs, not because they 
were born great, but thanks to friends who taught 
me how to teach and authors who wrote books that 
guided me in developing the dogs that have come 
my way to become true companions in my life. Not 
a day passes that is without memories of good times 
ire is kind to me I should 
have three dogs left in my life, and I dream of the 

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times we will share. 

Puppies are special and I enjoy teach- 
ing them lessons, lessons that will come 
in handy and some that may be needed 
when seemingly innocent events combine 
to make for tough times. A puppy needs 
what many call environment enrichment. 
Let me explain. 

The most important and easily taught 
lessons come before the puppy is 6 months 
old. If you cover all the bases and show 
him as much as you can of what he will 
need to know before that critical 6-month 
milestone, he will not show fear in similar 
situations later in life. If you should fail 
teaching him the essential lessons early, 
you can still teach them but it will be much 
harder for him to learn them. 

A simple example that comes to mind is 
watercraft. Take a young puppy on a canoe 
ride before he is 6 months old, and years 
later he will not show fear when events re- 
quire him to get into a boat. 

A friend laughed at me one winter day 
when I had my son, who was on horseback, 
tow my favorite Lab, Blue, who was about 
4 months old, and me in a canoe across 
the snow. My friend had a puppy the same 
age and I asked him if he wanted to get 
her used to riding in a boat. My friend de- 
clined. The next summer we went fishing. 
When it came time to load the dogs, Blue 
climbed right in but loading my friend's 
dog was a fight. Blue had a good time but 
my friend's dog knew fear and motion 
sickness all day. 

The same thoughts come with knives. 
As with well-bred dogs, a knife may be 
made with all the quality known to the 
knife industry. For the first few weeks 

a man and his knife come to know each 
other. As time goes by, man and knife 
become one — provided the right choices 
were made. 

My First Real Knife 

I well remember the first real knife given 
me by my grandfather about 60 years ago. 
It was a great knife for a kid. It was a folder 
with a stout spring and it was years before I 

"Man and knife 
become one — 
provided the 
right choices 
were made." 
— the author 

could open it, but I had a real knife. It trav- 
eled with me through the Rocky Moun- 
tains for years. Together we made sling- 
shots, gutted fish, and skinned rabbits that 
my first Lab, Diana, and I harvested. The 
knife and I made a good team for years. I 
learned to sharpen it and care for its car- 
bon-steel blades. I never lost it and eventu- 
ally gave it to my son, Matt. 

While that knife was special to me, it 
was, in all actuality, just a knife. Just like 
my dogs started out as "just dogs," a knife 
or a dog become special through time 
shared. When you choose a dog or a knife 

and do your homework thoroughly be- 
fore deciding on one, the probability of fu- 
ture good times is greater. Then you do the 
best you can with it, learn to understand its 
strengths, work around its natural areas of 
weakness and it will not let you down. 

When it comes to choosing a puppy 
I study the pedigree with some interest, 
then carefully look over both the sire and 
dame. Physical characteristics are my 
prime concern. Disposition, I believe, is 
90 percent environmental (learned) and 
10 percent heredity. 

All the dogs that I accept as potential 
parents of puppies I raise or breed from 
must first pass hip X-rays — a simple and 
readily available service from most veteri- 
narians — that help to detect any signs of hip 
dysplasia. The X-rays are read and dogs that 
pass are certified by a national organization 
that specializes in hip dysplasia. 

Knife Homework 

When we do our homework before choos- 
ing a knife — as we should when choosing 
a puppy — the expectation of future good 
times can be enhanced. 

A friend recently asked me to pick out 
a hunting knife for him from the display 
counter of a local sporting goods store. 
We looked over a large variety of factory 
knives. I pointed out what I felt were good 
and bad aspects of the knives' individual 
designs. He chose one that I felt was well 
designed for his needs. 

He asked me how the blade would last 
as far as holding its edge, ease of sharp- 
ening and strength. As testing the blade 
without buying it was out of the question, I 
was forced to tell him that trying to judge 

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the quality of the blade by sight alone was 
like judging something by its reflection in 
a mirror. Nothing can be known about a 
knife's potential without testing the blade. 
He bought the knife and did not want me 
to test it, but later told me that he liked it. 

The X-rays I use to partially predict 
the quality of my dogs are similar to the 
etching I like to use to determine the 
quality of my knives. I believe that the 
knifemaker who forges and heat treats his 
own carbon-steel blades is much more 
likely to provide a blade of higher-qual- 
ity differential heat treat when he uses the 
process of etching all his blades as a qual- 
ity check that is readily visible to both 
maker and client. 

While some hunting breeds are known 
for their specialty, I am never surprised 
when some mixed-breed dog of unknown 
heritage performs very well in the field, 
as good or better than the well-bred spe- 
cialists. Some of my Labs have worked 
stock with excellence; they do the job my 
way and we learn together. Man's great 
companion known as dog is a product 
of the knowledge, resourcefulness and 
dedication of his partner in life. Man and 
dog learn from each other in sharing life 
and tasks. 

It is the same with knives. The kind of 
steel the maker uses is not as significant 
as his knowledge, ability and dedication 
to develop his steel of choice, nor his will- 
ingness to test his blades to ensure each 
knife is fully developed to its greatest 
potential to do the job for which it is in- 
tended. This is the period of environment 
enrichment during the development of a 
knife and maker learning together. 

"Just" a Knife 

Many folks seem to think that a knife is a 
high-precision instrument, that it must be 
sharpened at precisely "X" amount of de- 
grees using premium sharpening oil. The 
angle at which blades are sharpened is a 
matter of great debate and some folks are 
always ready to recommend sharpening 
at "X" degrees. When it comes to a knife 
used in the outdoors, the angle of the edge 
depends on the use the knife will know. If 
the edge rolls or chips out, go to work on 
a stone and increase the angle; should the 
edge be too thick, simply thin it down and 
you and the knife will get along better. 

The field knife and man, like man 
and his best friend, the dog, develop to- 
gether depending on heritage, knowledge 
and teamwork, dedication and planning. 
What otherwise is "just a knife" or "just a 
dog" becomes special from memories of 
times and tasks shared. 

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was convinced that the Tunstall bowie 
was authentic when a yellowed diary 
was presented that detailed part of the 
knife's history. But where are the pages 
from the diary? (photo of the Tunstall 
bowie by Louise Terzia, courtesy of the 
Saunders Museum, Berryville, Arkan- 
sas, and the Historic Arkansas Museum) 

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The obverse side of the Tun stall blade Is Inscribed, "Sheldon I. Kellogg — from his 
friend — Thomas Tunstall — Nov. .1834." There Is a high probability that Sheldon I. 
Kellogg Jr. showed the Tunstall bowle to Col. Saunders and told the story of how his 
father was given the knife owned by Col. Bowie, (photo by Louise Terzla, courtesy of 
the Saunders Museum, Berryvllle, Arkansas, and the Historic Arkansas Museum) 

Editors note: Last time, the author began 
his search for the diary documenting 
the Tunstall bowie, what would appear 
to be a Rezin Bowie presentation knife, 
examining it in the Saunders Museum in 
Berryville, Arkansas. He also outlined the 
history of the museum's namesake, Col. 
C. Burton Saunders, and how Saunders 
obtained the Tunstall knife. This time, the 
author journeys to Batesville, Arkansas, to 
learn who Thomas T. Tunstall was, of his 
connection to the family of Blade Magazine 
Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer© James Bowie, 
and to glean more about the identity of 
Sheldon I. Kellogg — the man whose name is 
inscribed on the obverse side of the Tunstall 
bowie blade. 

On Aug. 11, 2003, 1 viewed the Tun- 
stall bowie in the Saunders Muse- 
um. After spending another night 
in Berryville, I headed about 180 miles 
east on a beautiful drive to Batesville, the 
county seat of Independence County, where 
Capt. Thomas T. Tunstall lived in the 19th 
century. In hopes of learning more about 
the inscriptions on the knife, I visited the 
courthouse and the public library. 

At the library I found that, in 1940, 

Steve Carrigan reported in 1936 that 
James Black made the Carrigan knife. 
The author said he believes that the 
same hand made the Tunstall knife, 
(photo from the collection of the Historic 
Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, Arkan- 
sas, accession no. 95.33; the knife was a 
gift of Mary Delia Carrigan Prather) 

Col. C. Burton Saunders bought the knife 
from Williams Bros. Cutlery Shop in San 
Francisco. Col. Saunders had his initials — 
C.B.S. — and the date he acquired the knife, 
Feb. 7, 1940, engraved on the silver overlay 
on the right side of the handle. 

In the January 1973 issue of the Inde- 
pendence County Chronicle, I found the 
story, "Of Race Horses and Steamboats, 
The Pride of Captain Thomas Todd Tun- 
stall," written by Duane Huddleston. I also 
obtained maps and directions to Tunstall's 
burial place, and subsequently found the 
Pleasant Hill Chapel and Cemetery. 

Capt. Thomas Tunstall 

Who was Thomas T. Tunstall and how did 
he know James Bowie? Well, I already 
knew Thomas Todd Tunstall. According 
to Huddleston's story, he was a steamboat 
owner, pilot and captain, and an entrepre- 
neur who raced horses. 

It is rumored that Tunstall transport- 
ed a desperately wounded James Bowie 
from Natchez, Mississippi, in 1827 after 
the famous Sandbar Fight to his mother's 
home in Terre Bonne Parish, Louisiana, 
to recover. 

Tunstall brought blooded racehorses 
from his home in Kentucky when he moved 
to Chicot County, Arkansas, in 1827. It is 
my opinion that he associated with John 
J. Bowie, James Bowie's oldest brother, 
because I have seen John Bowie and Tun- 
stall's signatures on the same documents. 

According to records, on March 26, 
1828, John J. Bowie, a resident of Catahou- 
la Parish, Louisiana, purchased a planta- 
tion in Chicot County from Thomas James 
for $3,000. John J. Bowie moved there a 
short time later. On May 5, 1830, John J. 
Bowie sold the plantation to Thomas T. 
Tunstall "with cotton, gin, 4 yoke of oxen 
and labors of hands until 1 January 1831 
for $6,000." In the 1830 Arkansas census 
of Chicot County, John Bowie and Thom- 
as Tunstall were next-door neighbors. John 
Bowie moved to Helena in Phillips County 
in the fall of 1834. 

In January 1831, Tunstall piloted Capt. 
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The date of Sheldon Kellogg Sr.'s death coin- 
cides with the date on the silver overlay on the 
left side of the Tun stall knife's handle. Shel- 
don Kellogg Jr. obvious fy 'became the proud ! 
owner of the knife upon his* father's death, 
(photo courtesy of Bill Wright) 

sel became the first steamboat to ascend 
the White River to Batesville. Tunstall 
returned in 1833 as captain of his own 
paddle wheeler, The William Parsons. He 
made his home near Dota Creek in Inde- 
pendence County about 15 miles east of 
Batesville on the Military Road, where he 
established a store and horse stables for his 
thoroughbreds, Volcano and Greyhound. 
He became the first postmaster of Sulpher 
Rock on March 14, 1834. 

From the spring of 1828 to the fall of 
1833, John J. Bowie and Thomas T. Tun- 
stall were neighbors in Chicot County, lo- 
cated in the southwest corner of Arkansas 
on the Mississippi River. Surely, Tunstall 
knew John J. Bowie's brothers, Rezin, 

James and Stephen. In all probability the 
Bowies would have traveled on The Wil- 
liam Parsons or Waverly, or bet on Volcano 
or Greyhound at the racetracks in Natchez 
or Little Rock. 

John Bowie filed Spanish land grant 
deeds in Hempstead County in Wash- 
ington, Arkansas, in December 1827 and 
January 1828. At the time, James Black's 
blacksmith shop was located on a town lot 
in Washington, Arkansas. Steve Carrigan 
reported in 1936 that James Black made 
the Carrigan knife. I believe the same hand 
made the Tunstall knife. 

Sheldon I. Kellogg 

It is said that Col. Saunders was convinced 

Steam-boat Wm. Parsons, 

Tunstall, master, will -con- 
tinue running on the Arkansas 
river as long as the I stage of 
the water will admit of her na- 
vigating it. For freight or passage, having s*ood 
accommodations, apply to thcCaptain on board. 
July 8, 1834. 30-tf 

As early as 1833, Thomas Tunstall was captain of his own paddle wheeler, The 
William Parsons. This advertisement for the "Wm. Parsons" with "Tunstall, 
master," is dated July 8, 1834. 



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In the January 1973 issue of the 
Independence County Chronicle, 
the author found the story, "Of Race 
Horses and Steamboats, The Pride of 
Captain Thomas Todd Tunstall." 

that the Tunstall bowie was authentic 
when a yellowed diary was presented that 
detailed part of the knife's history. But 
where were the pages from the diary and 
who was Sheldon I. Kellogg, the name of 
the man that is inscribed on the Tunstall 
bowie's blade? 

A search on the Internet provided the 
following information: 

•Sheldon Ingalls Kellogg was born in 
Manlius Square, Onondaga County, New 
York, on Dec. 18, 1809, and died in Oak- 
land, California, on June 28, 1886; 

•He resided in Cincinnati, Ohio; New- 
ton, Massachusetts; Baltimore, Mary- 
land; Brooklyn, New York; England, 
France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland; 
and East Oakland, California; and; 

•Sheldon Ingalls Kellogg Jr. was born 
in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sept. 27, 1847. 
He married Abbey Ann Tubbs on Sept. 
27, 1876, in San Francisco. His residenc- 
es are the same as his father's. Sheldon 
attended school several years in France, 
England and Switzerland. He served in 
the National Guard of New York and 
California, advancing in rank from pri- 
vate to lieutenant colonel in line and on 
staff. He was manager of a cartridge 
manufacturing branch of Selby Smelting 
& Lead Co., San Francisco. 

The date of Sheldon Kellogg Sr.'s death 
coincides with the date on the silver over- 
lay on the left side of the Tunstall knife's 
handle. Sheldon Kellogg Jr. obviously be- 
came the proud owner of the knife upon 
his father's death. 

According to his obituary in The Amer- 
ican Rifleman, Kellogg Jr. was a cham- 
pion pistol shooter in Oakland across the 
bay from where another crack- shot pistol 
shooter, Col. C. Burton Saunders, resided. 
In all probability they were competitors 
and even friends prior to 1906 when Saun- 
ders married Mrs. Gertrude Bowers and 
moved to Redlands, California. There is 
a high probability that Kellogg Jr. showed 
the Tunstall bowie to Saunders and told 

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Thomas Todd Tunstall died on Nov. 7, 
1862, at the age of 72. He is buried in 
the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Bates- 
ville, Arkansas. 

the story of how Kellogg Sr. was given 
the knife owned by Col. Bowie. Saunders 
may have lusted after the knife for over 
30 years. 

Bowie enthusiast and BLADE® con- 
tributor Joe Musso sent me a full-size 
drawing of the Tunstall bowie showing 
each side of the knife accompanied by 
a letter from the Los Angeles Museum 
dated Sept. 4, 1935 that he acquired from 
the Alamo. 

A Mr. A.R. Smythe of The Old Book 
Seller Cellar, 1334 Spruce St., Berkeley, 
California, wrote a letter and sent a full- 
scale drawing of the knife and photocop- 
ies of the diary to the Los Angles Museum 
in an attempt to sell the knife for $150. 
The director of the museum, W.A. Bryan, 
returned the drawing and informed Mr. 
Smythe that there were no funds available 
and that he should contact the Museum of 
the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Smythe 
then wrote to the curator of the Museum of 
the Alamo offering to sell the knife. 

Written by hand in the left margin 
of the drawing of the knife sent by Mr. 
Smythe is the following: 

"This unique relic of the inventor of the 
'Bowie Knife' can be accompanied by ... 
photographed reproduction art of the writ- 
ten autobiography of Sheldon I Kellogg, 
stating the circumstances which led to its 
presentation to him by Capt. Tunstall as he 
was leaving Tunstall's Ranch home after a 
long alarming illness then, and a two hun- 
dred mile ride over an Indian trail to the 
Ohio River (with fifteen thousand dollars 
in US notes in a belt around his waist) to 
reach his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. His 
autobiography has not yet been published." 

Where is the Kellogg autobiography/diary? 
This question and more will be addressed in 
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Question & answer 


By Wayne Goddard 
BLADE® field editor 

Sorting Out the Mixed-Up 
Steel Problem 

Avoid confusion by using the author's steel 
labeling method 

1: Is the color coding of blade steel 
supposed to be standard with all suppli- 
ers? The reason I ask, Texas Knifemaker 
Supply (TKS) color codes ATS-34 white 
but Koval codes it yellow. R.W. Wilson 
codes 440C yellow, while TKS and Koval 
code it blue. How do I know what I am 
buying? (William P. Myers, Parker sburg, 
West Virginia) 

Steel makers and knifemaking supply 
companies do not have a standardized color 
code that works industry wide. Some steel 
mills may not color code the steel bars 
at all and leave it up to the end supplier 
instead. A quick search of the Internet for 
steel color codes found three steel makers 
or suppliers, and nothing about their color 
codes seemed to be related. 

Most hot-rolled tool steels are supplied 
from the mill in bars that are approximately 
21 feet long. I assume that the end supplier 
paints its code on the end of the bars. My 
supplier, Pacific Machinery and Tool Steel 
in Portland, Oregon, 
codes 0-1 silver. 
codes 0-1 yellow 
and Crucible codes it 
green. If you buy less 
than a bar you may not 
get an end with a color 
code on it at all. 

I always purchase 
a full bar from Pacific 
Machinery and Tool 
Steel in order to save 
the cutting charge. 
Pacific will cut the bar 

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ILLUSTRATION #2 When the author started buying steel from suppliers in 1972, he 
worked out a chisel-and-punch-mark code to put on the tangs once the blades were 
ready for heat treat. He used a narrow chisel and punch so that the store-bought stamps 
would not be necessary. His code fits nicely on the tang of a folding knife where letter 
and number stamps would be too large to be usable. (Goddard illustration) 

/HUfallic Silver 

ILLUSTRATION #1 To make storage easier, the author writes the steel type on each piece. For many years he 
used yellow-paint-type pens to mark the bar stock. He recently discovered that the metallic-silver Sharpie- 
brand pens work better. He indicated that they give good detail and are much easier to work with than the 

paint-type-roller-ball markers. (Goddard illustration) 


MAY 2006 

in three pieces at no charge in order to 
make it shippable by UPS, and at least 
one end will have a color code on it. I do 
not pay much attention to it but did find 
some cut pieces that have the right color 
for the steel type. I think you can count on 
the color code being consistent for each 
individual steel type from each individual 

To make storage easier I cut the approx- 
imately 7-foot bars from Pacific in half and 
write the steel type on each piece. For many 
years I used yellow-paint-type pens to mark 
the bar stock. I recently discovered that the 
metallic-silver Sharpie-brand pens work 
better. They give good detail (see Illustra- 
tion #1 on p. 90) and are much easier to 
work with than the paint-type-roller-ball 

Keeping steel types straight is a prob- 
lem, both for suppliers and the makers 
once the steel is in their shops. I have heard 
of several instances where suppliers sent 
the wrong steel to a knifemaker, though it 
seems to be fairly rare. 

The last time I talked to heat-treater 
Paul Bos about the mixed-up-steel problem 
was when I had a mixed-up batch. I had 
four blades of W-l tool steel mixed in with 
154CM stainless. Both types came in a 
batch of 30-year old steel I bought from a 
retired maker. The maker marked the bars 
and I assumed they were correct because 
the bars looked alike. It seems that I should 
have been observant enough to see the 
difference in the sparks and grindability of 
the two steel types — but I was not. 

Paul told me that he gets mixed-up 
batches every week or so. When the steel 
does not respond correctly, it means he has 

to do some guesswork as to what the steel 
type is. This takes some pretty good detec- 
tive work because all he has to work from 
is the way the steel responds to an incorrect 
heat treatment for the steel type. When the 
results are not what he expected, Paul has 
to anneal the blades and then guess what 
it will take to get them to a usable hard- 
ness. He said the mixed-up batches are 

"I worked out a 


mark code." 

— the author 

usually the fault of the maker — just like 
mine was — not because the steel maker or 
supplier did the mixing. 

Prior to 1972, I used saw blades and 
planer-blade material only, some new and 
some used. When I started buying steel 
from suppliers in 1972, I worked out a 
chisel-and-punch-mark code to put on the 
tangs once the blades were ready for heat 
treat. (See Illustration #2 on p. 90.) I used 
a narrow chisel and punch so that the store- 
bought stamps would not be necessary. 
My code fits nicely on the tang of a fold- 
ing knife where letter and number stamps 
would be too large to be usable. 

In the early 1980s I started using 5160 
and happened to have the letter "O," so it 
became the code for 5160. That code has 
worked out very well for me over the years. 








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use on hard steel. The bottom bit is the yard-sale masonry bit the author used to drill 
the planer blade as shown in Illustration #3 on p. 91. (Goddard photo) 

Masonry Bits & Hard Steel (cont.) 

The following is in reply to some comments 
about my recommendation to use a 
common masonry bit to drill hard steel (see 
the "Question & Answer" of the November 
2005 BLADE®). 

"My code fits 
nicely on the tang 
of a folding knife." 

— the author 

I may have given the wrong impression 
about when and why I use masonry bits for 
drilling hard steel. What I mean by hard 
steel would be one with an HRC (Hardness 
Rockwell C scale) of 59-plus. Even though 
carbide masonry bits are not designed for 
steel, they do a very good job on hard steel 
when they are sharp and used on a solid 
drill press. They should be considered a last 
resort to drill hard steel that will not give in 
to a high-speed-steel (HSS) bit. They do 
not take the place of good-quality HSS bits 
when drilling steel that is relatively soft. 

It was not an original idea that I hatched 
to use masonry bits for drilling hard steel. 
Many years ago a master machinist I 
worked with told me about using them 
when an HSS bit would not suffice. I tried 

92 / BLADE 


MAY 2006 

it and it worked so well that I have been 
using the "rock drills" for nearly 40 years. 

Depending on its size, a solid carbide 
bit that is designed for steel will cost in 
the neighborhood of $15-$25. (That would 
blow my budget for drill bits for 10 years.) 
I never bought a new masonry bit until 
quite recently when I found a brand new 
American-made masonry bit, still in the 
package, for $ 1 . My drill bits of all types 
mostly come from yard sales, junk boxes 
in secondhand stores and such. The average 
price I pay for a carbide masonry bit is 50 

Drilling deep holes requires the helical 
flutes found on a common "twist" drill bit. 
The twist is necessary to clear the chips by 
lifting them from the hole. Extremely hard 
blade materials are usually thin; therefore, 
the rules that apply to twist drills are a non- 
issue. There is no need to make the spiral 
chip created by a twist drill to clear the hole 
in thin and hard materials. The masonry bit 
scrapes the material out in little pieces, and 
clogging of the bit is rare because of the 
thin material being drilled. (See Illustration 
#3 on p. 91.) 

"The mixed-up 
batches are usu- 
ally the fault of 
the maker." 

— the author 

I do not present or teach methods that 
I do not use myself. I make my own rules 
about how I get things done. I am not neces- 
sarily interested in the way a textbook says 
to do it. Textbook methods require specific 
bits, drilling speeds, etc., that are not always 
available. Reality requires for the job to be 
completed with the tools that are available. 
Trial and error with the tools I have will 
determine the methods I use. Theory has 
its place but methods that work in real-life 
situations rule the day in my shop. 

As I stated in the "Question & Answer" 
of the January 2006 BLADE, "no matter 
how silly it seems, do not be quick to write 
off a method until you try it." 

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gratulates Burt Foster upon Burt's win- 
ning the Moran Expo cutting competition 
in Frederick, Maryland. (Hughes photo) 



Lin Rhea (left) took top honors in the Fall Piney 
Woods cutting competition at Old Washington, 
Arkansas. David Meuller, dean of Texarkana 
College, the sponsor of the event, presents Lin 
with his first-place plaque. (Hughes photo) 



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Burt Foster and Lin Rhea won the final 
two cutting competitions sanctioned 
by the American Bladesmith Society, 
thereby qualifying for the 2006 World Cut- 
ting Championships at the BLADE Show 
June 16-18 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in 
Marietta, Georgia. 

An ABS master smith, Foster won the 
cutting competition held in conjunction with 
the Bill Moran Bladesmithing Expo in Fred- 
erick, Maryland. Rhea finished first in the 
cutting competition of the Fall Piney Woods 
Hammer-in at Old Washington, Arkansas. 

Burt and Lin will join defending two- 
time world champion Reggie Barker and 
Dickie Robinson for the world champion- 
ships at the BLADE Show. Reggie and Dick- 
ie had qualified earlier by winning the cut- 
ting competitions at the Spring Piney Woods 
Hammer-in and Troy Expo, respectively. 
(For more on the latter two events, see page 
84 of the January BLADE®) 

That leaves one more qualifying com- 
petition to determine the fifth and final 
contestant for the world championships — 
the competition to be held in conjunction 
with the Batson Bladesmithing Sympo- 
sium April 7-9 at Tannehill State Park in 
McCalla, Alabama. 


Foster had to beat out Patrick Curran, win- 
ner of the 2004 Moran competition, who 
placed second at Frederick. ABS master 
smith Dan Winkler captured third place. 
Foster finished with a comfortable 12-point 
edge over Curran. 

The Moran competition consisted of 
five events, beginning with the 2x4 chop 
and concluding with an "all-or-nothing" 


Defending two-time world champion 
Reggie Barker shows the form that 
makes him the man to beat in most cut- 
ting competitions.-He finished second 
at Old Washington. (Hughes photo) 

Orders of Finish 


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2) Patrick Curran 

3) Daniel Winkler 

4) Michael Distin 

5) Jim Batson and Ed Wilson (tie) 

7) Mike Johnson 

8) Bill Lyons, Jim Nelson and Joe Cor- 
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11) Jay Hendrickson 

12) Mace Vitale 

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2) Reggie Barker 

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9) Paul Happy 

10) Jerry Lairson 

11) Jim Batson 

12) Eric Dincauze 

13) Jay Hendrickson 

14) Brion Tomberlin 

15) Jerome Anders 

16) Terry Rogers 

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1-inch rope cut. In between was the ping- 
pong ball chop, the business-card shave 
and another all-or-nothing event, the plas- 
tic-water-bottle slice. 

ABS apprentice smith Mike Johnson won 
the 2x4 chop with a time of 5 seconds, trailed 
by Curran's time of 6.2 seconds. The ping- 
pong-ball event consisted of a ping-pong ball 
rolled from a paper shipping tube, with sev- 
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for chopping the ball before it rolled off the 
table. In the card shave, each competitor had 
to shave a portion of paper from a standard 
business card without cutting all the way 
through it. All 12 entrants negotiated the cut 
successfully for five points each. 

Next was the all-or-nothing water-bot- 
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testant had to predict how many bottles he 
would cleave with one swipe of his knife. 
Each bottle was worth five points. If the en- 
trant did not cut the exact number of bottles 
he predicted beforehand, he received zero 
points. Both Foster and Curran correctly 
predicted and successfully cut five bottles 
to earn 25 points each. 

A similar format was followed with the 
1-inch rope cut. Prior to the event, each con- 
testant predicted how many ropes he hoped 
to cut with one swing of his knife. Foster pre- 
dicted and cut three, the only competitor to 
master more than two. 

Rhea Rolls 

Lin Rhea had to outpoint 19 contestants 
in winning the cutting competition of the 
2005 Fall Piney Woods Hammer-in. Fol- 
lowing the traditional format, there were 
five events: the 2x4 chop; the "campfire 
chop"; the soft- drink- can cut; the 1-inch 
rope cut; and the paper slice. 

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time in the 2x4 chop at 4.3 seconds, trailed 
by Adam Des Rosiers' 5.75 seconds. In the 

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campfire chop, a wooden block was placed 
on a table and each contestant had 30 sec- 
onds to cut as many pieces of kindling as he 
could. Each contestant had to keep one hand 
in his pants pocket throughout the event. If 
his hand left his pocket, the cutter was dis- 
qualified. Naturally, the block would fall 
over, sometimes off the table, and, using one 
hand, the competitor had to replace the block 
before attempting another chop. Rhea took 
top honors with nine pieces of kindling cut, 
followed by Reggie Barker and Shawn Ellis. 

The water-filled-soft-drink-can cut is 
a standard event, but this time there was a 
twist. If a contestant could successfully cut 
the can in two horizontally, he then could 
try cutting a ring from the remainder of the 
can, thus earning a bonus five points. Eleven 
entrants managed to halve the can, but only 
four earned the bonus points: Dickie Robin- 
son, Paul Happy, Jason Knight and Rhea. 

The 1-inch rope cut was managed by 10 
of the contestants. Finally, the paper slice, a 
new event, required the competitors to clean- 
ly sever a standard sheet of typing paper held 
by two clothespins. Eleven men succeeded 
in slicing the paper. 

Rhea took overall top honors with 30 
points and was presented an engraved 
plaque by David Meuller, dean of instruc- 
tion at Texarkana College. Barker finished 
second with 26 points and was awarded a 
similar plaque by Scotty Hayes, the col- 
lege's associate dean of instruction. 

The ABS & Competitions 

The ABS board of directors voted at Fred- 
erick that the Moran event would be the last 
cutting competition sponsored by the ABS, 
due to matters pertaining to the society's tax- 
exempt educational status and the liability 
involved in such events. 

It will not be the end of such competi- 
tions at selected ABS hammer-ins. For ex- 
ample, Hayes, the director of the spring and 
fall Piney Woods hammer-ins — both spon- 
sored by Texarkana College — indicated that 
the college would continue to host cutting 
competitions at its bladesmithing seminars. 

Batson Cutting Competition 

The cutting competition at the Batson Bla- 
desmithing Symposium, the final qualifying 
event for the BLADE Show World Champi- 
onship Cutting Competition, will be the Fri- 
day night of the symposium, April 7. Blades 
for the Batson event will be limited to 8 
inches in length, with a maximum overall 
knife length of 13 inches. Knives must have 
a double guard. The contest will be open to 
all paid attendees and paid demonstrators. 

For more information contact Batson at 
176 Brentwood Ln., Dept. BL5, Madison, AL 
35758 540.937.2318jbbatson@knology.net. 

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Jim Hammond, Dept. BL5, POB 486, Arab, AL 35016 
256.586.4151 www.jimhammondknives.com; Greg 
Lightfoot, Dept. BL5, RR #2, Kitscoty, Alberta, Canada 
TOB 2P0 780.846.2812 www.lightfootknives.com; Bob 
Lum, Dept. BL5, 901 Travis Ave., Eugene, OR 97404 
541.688.2737; R.J. Martin, Dept. BL5, 51 Bram- 
blewood St., Bridgewater, MA 02324 508.279.0682; 
Strider Knives, c/o Mick Strider, Dept. BL5, 120 N. 
Pacific Unit L-7, San Marcos, CA 92069 760.471.8275 
www.striderknives.com; Bob Terzuola, Dept. BL5, 
3933 Agua Fria St., Santa Fe, NM 87507 505.473.1002 
fax 505.438.8018 


A.G. Russell Knives, attn: D. Myers, Dept. BL5, 

1920 N. 26 th , Lowell, AR 72745-8489 800.255.9034 
www.agrussell.com; Al Mar Knives, attn: G. Fadden, 
Dept. BL5, 16708 SW Jordan Way, Tigard, OR 97224 
503.670.9080 www.almarknives.com; Benchmade 
USA, attn: Alex Whitaker, Dept. BL5, 300 Beavercreek 
Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045 503.655.6004 wwwbench- 
made.com; Boker USA, attn: C. Hoffman, Dept. BL5, 
1550 Balsam St., Lakewood, CO 80215 303.462.0662 
fax 303.462.0668 www.bokerusa.com; Busse Combat 
Knife Co., attn: J. Busse, Dept. BL2, 11651 County 
Rd. 12, Wauseon, OH 43567-9622 419.923.6471 or 
800.860.3622 www.bussecombat.com; Case, attn: J. 
Sullivan, Dept. BL5, Owens Way, Bradford, PA 16701 
814.368.4123 www.wrcase.com; Chris Reeve Knives, 
attn: C. Reeve, Dept. BL5, 11624 W President, Ste. B, 
Boise, ID 83713 208.375.0367 www.chrisreeve.com; 
Columbia River Knife & Tool, attn: D. Flagg, Dept. 
BL2, 9720 SW Hillman, Suite 805, Wilsonville OR 
97070 503.685.5015 www.crkt.com; Dexter Russell, 
44 River St., Southbridge, MA 01550 508.765.0201 
www.dexter-russell.com; Forschner, attn: J. Turner, 
Dept. BL5, One Research Dr., Shelton, CT 06484 
203.944.2359 www.swissarmy.com; Heckler & Koch, 
attn: A. Harrell, Dept. BL5, 21480 Pacific Blvd., Ster- 
ling, VA 20166 703.450.1900 www.hk-usa.com; Ka- 
Bar, attn: D Hillegas, Dept. BL5, 1125 E. State, Olean, 
NY 14760 800.282.0130 www.ka-bar.com; Kershaw, 
attn: Thomas Welk, Dept. BL5, 18600 SW Teton Ave., 
Tualatin, OR 97062 800.325.2891 www.kershawknives. 
com; Lone Wolf Knives, attn: D. Hutchens, Dept. BL5, 
17400 SW Upper Boones Ferry, Ste. 240, Portland, 
OR 97224 505.431.6777 fax 503.431.6776 www.lone- 
wolfknives.com; Mundial, 19 Walpole Park South, 
Walpole, MA 02081 800.487.2224 info@mundial-usa. 
com; Opinel (among others, available through Smoky 
Mountain Knife Works, POB 4430, Sevierville, TN 
37864 615.453.5871 www.eknifeworks.com; Shepherd 
Hills Cutlery, attn: R. Reid, Dept. BL5, 800) 727-4643 
www.casexx.com; Spyderco, attn: J. Laituri, Dept. BL5, 
820 Spyderco Way, Golden, CO 80403 800.525.7770 
www.spyderco.com, customerservice@spyderco. 
com; TOPS, attn: M. Fuller, Dept. BL5, POB 2544, 
Idaho Falls, ID 83403 208.542.0113 www.topsknives. 
com; William Henry Knives, attn: M. Conable, Dept. 
BL5, 3200 NE Rivergate, McMinnville, OR 97128 
888.563.4500, 503.434.9700 www.williamhenryknives. 


Peter Marzitelli, Dept. BL5, 19929 35A Ave., Langley, 
BC, Canada V3A 2R1 604.532.8899 marzitelli@shaw. 
ca; MTech USA, c/o Master Cutlery, attn: A. Truong, 
Dept. BL5, 701 Penhorn Ave., Secaucus, NJ 07094 
201.271.7600 alext@mastercutlery.com; Ruko LLC, 
attn: C. Koppe, Dept. BL5, POB 38, Buffalo, NY 14207 
716.874.2707 www.rukoproducts.com; SOG Specialty 
Knives, attn: C. Cashbaugh, Dept. BL5, 6521 212th 

St. SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036 425.771.6230 www. 
sogknives.com; Strider Knives, attn: M. Strider, Dept. 
BL5, 120 N. Pacific St., Unit L-7, San Marcos, CA 
92069 760.471.8275 striderguys@striderknives.com; 
Taylor Cutlery, attn: M. Taylor, Dept. BL5, POB 1638, 
Kingsport, TN 37662 800.251.0254; United Cutlery, 
attn: J. Colavecchio, Dept. BL5, 1425 United Blvd., 
Sevierville, TN 37876 800.548.0835 www.unitedcut- 


Buck, attn: C.J. Buck, Dept. BL5, 660 S. Lochsa St., 
Post Falls, ID 83854 619.449.1100 800.326.2825 
www.buckknives.com; Columbia River Knife & 
Tool, attn: D. Flagg, Dept. BL2, 9720 SW Hillman, 
Suite 805, Wilsonville OR 97070 503.685.5015 www. 
crkt.com; Lakota Knife USA, attn: B. Gray, Dept. 
BL5, POB 155, Greenville, VA 24440 800.807.1169 
www.lakotaknife.com; Jim Ort, ort@earthlink.net; 
Spyderco, attn: J. Laituri, Dept. BL5, 820 Spyderco 
Way, Golden, CO 80403 800.525.7770 www.spyderco. 
com, customerservice@spyderco.com 


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FL 32463 850.638.8524; Eddie Baca, Dept. BL5, 
POB 5611, Santa Fe, NM 87502 505.438.8161 
info@eddiejbaca.com; Allen Elishewitz, Dept. BL5, 
POB 3059, Canyon Lake, TX 78133 830.899.5356 
elishewitzknives.com; Corrie Schoeman, Dept. BL5, 
Box 28596, Danhof 9310, South Africa 027 51 4363528 
corries@intekom.co.za; Michael J. Smith, Dept. BL5, 
1418 Saddle GoldCt., Brandon, FL 3351 1 813.431.3790 
www.smithknife.com; Howard Viele, Dept. BL5, 88 
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NC 28605 828.295.9156 www.winklerknives.com 


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61458 309.875.3583; Buck, attn: C.J. Buck, Dept. BL5, 
660 S. Lochsa St., Post Falls, ID 83854 619.449.1100 
800.326.2825 www.buckknives.com; Case, attn: J. 
Sullivan, Dept. BL5, Owens Way, Bradford, PA 16701 
814.368.4123 www.wrcase.com; Elen Hunting & 
Importing, attn: Luca, Dept. BL5, 50 Battlehill Ave., 
Springfield, NJ 07081 973.379.5296 www.elenhunting. 
com (handle supplier); Tomonari Hamada, 5-12- 
83 Kaminagay a Kohnam-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 
233-0012 Japan 81 45 844 2567; Kirby Lambert, 
Dept. BL5, 536 College Ave., Regina, Saskatchewan, 
S4N 0X3 Canada 306.737.2333 kirby @lambertknives. 
com; Masecraft Supply, attn: M. Hartman, Dept. 
BL5, 254 Amity St., Meriden, CT 06450 203.238.3049 
fax 203.238.2373; Mother Of Pearl Co., attn: J. 
Culpepper, Dept. BL5, POB 445, Franklin, NC 28744 
828.524.6842 www.knifehandles.com; John W Smith, 
Dept. BL5, 1322 Cow Branch Rd., West Liberty, 
KY 41472 606.743.3599 www.jwsmithknives.com; 
Spyderco, attn: J. Laituri, Dept. BL5, 820 Spyderco 
Way, Golden, CO 80403 800.525.7770 www.spyderco. 
com, customerservice@spyderco.com; Johnny Stout, 
Dept. BL5, 1205 Forest Tl., New Braunfels, TX 78132 
830.606.4067 www.stoutknives.com; Universal Agen- 
cies, attn: S. Chopra, Dept. BL5, 4690 S. Old Peachtree 
Rd., Ste. C, Norcross, GA 30071-1517 678.969.9147 
www.knifesupplies.com; L.T.Wright, Dept. BL5, 1523 
Pershing Ave., Steubenville, OH 43952 740.282.4947 


SCAR Custom Knives, attn: R. Schuchmann, Dept. 

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Karidle materials 

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But Not Too Hot to Handle 

By David Rhea 

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though it can be expensive. Tomonan Hamada em- 
ploys a magnificent "popcorn" version of it here on 
his Sheffield-style multi-blade. (Point Seven photo) 

find out what the most popular handle 
materials are for both user and collector knives 

104 /BLADE 


MAY 2006 

Today's knife handles look a little dif- 
ferent. New colors, textures and ma- 
terials are cropping up everywhere. 
As always, tried-and-true natural 
materials appear to be here to stay. Syn- 
thetic materials, durable and weatherproof, 
also are taking the market by storm, es- 
pecially with the continued popularity of 
tactical-style knives. Materials not usually 
seen on knife handles have emerged within 
the past decade, while the old natural stan- 
dard bearer, sambar stag, has seen years of 
trade restrictions limit its availability. 

There are lots of handle choices. So, 
what are the most popular types these 
days? First, as with most things in life, 
there is no way to say definitively what 
is "best." 

The best way to find out more is to go 
straight to the professional handle mate- 

As the Antler Turns 

With the exception of a very few "win- 
dows" — including the most recent six- 
month one that ended this past September 
(see page 10, December BLADE®), India 
has imposed an embargo on the export of 
its sambar stag since 1998. The availability 
of sambar, the best quality of stag by far, 
has been extremely limited over that span. 
It is hard to get and the price has risen for 
what is available. 

Whether the ban will end anytime soon 
depends on the source. Sudesh Chopra, pres- 
ident of Universal Agencies, is optimistic. 

"Actually, I think the embargo is in the 
process of lifting," he said. "That's what is 
being attempted; discussions are ongoing as 
we speak, and chances are that it might open 
up on a permanent basis. We should hear 
something at the beginning of March or the 
end of April." However, Sudesh admits that, 
in dealing with so many government levels 
in India, "You never know what [will hap- 
pen] from one day to another." 

Mother Of Pearl's Joe Culpepper is not 
as optimistic. 

"How long this embargo will last is im- 
possible to predict and a change in the Indian 
government could change [the ban] policy," 
Joe observed. "However, in my experience, 
regardless of country, once a law or regula- 

Joe said he has told most of his custom- 
ers "that they should view the embargo 
as permanent, as it probably will be." He 
added that the chances of the embargo be- 
ing lifted are slim because the stag industry 
was worth only a few million dollars per 
year, not nearly enough to motivate India to 
start exporting sambar again. 

Meanwhile, according to one of the 
biggest U.S. suppliers who has direct ties 
to India, the embargo may be lifted per- 
manently in the near future. Yes, there is 
some optimism — though it would be wise 
to temper that optimism with restr~ : 
— by David Rhea 

MAY 2006 


G-10 has been and remains hot for us- 
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rial dealers and talk volume sales figures. 
Whichever materials sell the most, the 
thinking goes, are the most popular. Who 
knows what sells the best? Industry pro- 
fessionals such as Joe Culpepper of Mother 
of Pearl Co., are a good place to start. 

"I don't know if you can break down 
knives into [distinct] categories, because 
there is so much grey area," he explained. 
"The companies that manufacture cutlery 
are beginning to blur the lines of what they 
make and are offering multitudes of differ- 
ent handle materials and styles." 

With that as a preface from a pro, let's 
stick to two very general categories. The 
main distinctions for this article will be 

All-metal handles 
are popular on using 
knives. The Buck 
Mantis is an example. 
The stainless-steel 
grip features "lighten 
Ing holes" and grip 
ridges for enhanced 
purchase. The 2 3/4- 
inch blade is 440C 
stainless. Weight: 
3 ounces. Closed 
length: 3 7/8 inches. 
MSRP: $34. 

106 /BLADE 


MAY 2006 



According to Marge 
Hartman, Micarta®, 
-10, laminated wood, 
netal and carbon fiber 
fyre hot among han- 
dles for tactical knives. 
Kirby Lambert's Whar 
sports a carbon-fiber 
handle, a CPM S30V 
stainless blade and a 
bolster of silver-weave 
G-10. His list price: 
$425. (SharpByCoop. 
com photo) 

between "using knives" and "collector 
knives" — not that a collector knife is not 
extremely usable, but the preferred mate- 
rials are generally different. On the other 
hand, it is safe to assume that Lloyd Hale 
will not use G-10 scales on one of his high- 
end fixed-blade beauties. The addition of 
abalone or ivory to a high- end handmade 
does not come cheap, and it helps increase 
the overall value of the knife. At the same 
time, Masters Of Defense is not known for 
using gold-lip mother-of-pearl on its rug- 
ged tactical pieces. 

In other words, you should not put a 
cost-prohibitive handle on a knife designed 
for mass consumption any more than you 
should put delicate materials on something 
you might drop in a gravel bar while field 
dressing a white tail. Indeed, every mate- 
rial has its place, whether it is expensive, 
fragile, durable or inexpensive. 

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Stag is the old standby. From a material of 
opportunity in the earliest days to a staple 
of tradition today, it remains a very popular 

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handle material. It is impossible to say stag 
falls into one knife category only because 
of its virtual ubiquity. While it is very du- 
rable and eminently traditional, high- end 
varieties such as Indian sambar can cer- 
tainly be expensive and definitely enhance 
the value of the knife. Unfortunately, due 
to the Indian government's embargo on 
sambar stag, the price has risen and sup- 
plies have fallen, which makes it harder to 
come by. (See sidebar.) Meanwhile, Joe 
said that mother-of-pearl, which includes 
black lip, gold lip and white, is a particular 
favorite on handmade knives. 

"By far, the material that is most in de- 
mand is black-lip pearl," he stressed. How- 
ever, Joe added, because of the demand 
and black lip's rarity, it is low in supply. 
Other good sellers for the handmade mar- 
ket, he added, are ram's horn, dyed jigged 
bone, coral and giraffe bone. 

While the definition of "most popu- 
lar" for this story is based on volume 
sales, selling large quantities of a handle 
material does not always mean that it 
is the most profitable item. For Sudesh 
Chopra, president of Universal Agencies 
Inc., even more than the always-in-de- 
mand mother-of-pearl, mammoth ivory 
is particularly sought after. 

"We sell a lot of mammoth ivory. It is 
my number one seller, dollar-wise," Sudesh 
said, "then, pearl, horn and bone." 

Using Knives 

Using knives — both fixed blades and fold- 
ers — are employed on a daily basis for 
real-work applications. They get dropped 
in the bottom of the bass boat, thrown 
in the greasy toolbox and sometimes 
washed while still clipped to an old pair 
of blue jeans. Using knives generally take 
a beating, so expensive, fragile handles 
are a bad idea. 

For using knives, the suppliers said the 
most pervasive natural handle material is 
dyed jigged bone. They added that they sell 
vast amounts of it to producers that want 
the look of stag without the high price. It is 
a favorite stand-in because it is natural and 
also can be crafted to be almost identical 
in appearance to stag. 

"Carved stag bone has nearly been per- 
fected in recent years," Joe remarked, "and 
on a finished product, to an untrained eye 
is a dead-ringer for stag." 

For those watching their pocketbook 
but still in search of a natural look, horn is 
a popular option. "Some people want [in- 
expensive] material," Sudesh added, "so 
they may also go with horn, like buffalo 
horn. It's still natural but it's cheaper." 

Another substitute is a synthetic mate- 
rial that Masecraft Supply Co., offers called 
Stagalike. The cast, dyed polyurethane 
look-a-like was developed in 2003 and can 

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ket, there was a need for super solid mate- 
rials that are also inexpensive. 

"Here, you would be probably talking 
about rigid composite laminates," said 
Marge Hartman, president of Masecraft. 
"That would be the paper, linen or can- 
vas Micarta®, G-10, carbon fiber and 
laminated wood. For tactical knives, that 
would include all of the above, plus all- 
metal handles." 

According to Mother Of Pearl's 

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In addition to a full range of natural 
materials, Masecraft offers a complete 
line of acrylics, cast polymers, polyesters, 
celluloids — the list of synthetics is almost 
endless. The reason Masecraft is so well 
stocked with synthetics is that the compa- 
ny history is steeped in the plastics indus- 
try. "I'm the mad scientist of the bunch," 
Marge grinned, "so I like to come up with 
new things." 

Future of Handle Materials 

The future of handle materials is bright — 
literally. One of the newest materials of- 
fered by Masecraft is called "MoonGlow," 
a photo-luminescent-sheet polyester. 
'What that means is it absorbs light very 
quickly," Marge explained. "Then it emits 
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I've had it glow for days." 

Other synthetics offered by Masecraft 
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and animal prints, and some 
canvas Micarta in layered 
jungle -theme colors. "We've 
always got a lot of new things 
in the works, and that's fun," 
she said. "Some of them fly, 
some don't." 

Joe added that another 
newer material is mosaic or 
laminated abalone, which he 
said was totally unheard of 10 
years ago. 

"As far as new handle ma- 
terials go, I can't let those cats 
out of the bag yet," he teased, 
"but we're working on some 
things that are sure to spark 
interest in the coming years. 
Stay tuned." 

For the contact information for 
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story, as well as other handle 
suppliers, see "Where To Get 
'Em " on page 103. 

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Sharpener Type Pull-through model 
Sharpening Medium Carbide inserts 
Knives Sharpens kitchen, folding and 
fixed-blade hunting knives, both ser- 
rated- and plain-edge blades, under 
1/4-inch thick 

Base/Body Materials Thermoplastic 
Miscellaneous Four small rubber feet 
for firm traction on whatever surface 
the unit is placed 
Size 6x3 1/2 inches 
Weight 10 ounces 
MSRP $39.95 

The Boker Vulkanus sharpener operates by 
pulling the knife blade through the carbide 
Inserts mounted to the spring-loaded arms 
that cross in the gap of the uprights. 

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the Boker Vulkanus pull-through model gets edges worthy 

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Start by pulling the blade through the 
sharpener at an angle, orienting the 
knife handle toward the countertop sur- 
face. Hold the unit with your free hand 
to stabilize it and, with a firm pulling 
motion, draw the blade through until 
you get to the tip. By angling the handle 
downward, you apply the cutting edge 
to the crisp edges of the carbide inserts, 
removing steel aggressively to sharpen 
the blade. The knife is the slicer model 
from Cold Steel's Kitchen Classics 400 
series. MSRP: $19.99. 

At first glance, the Vulkanus from Bok- 
er appears to be some sort of sculp- 
ture for your desktop. On closer in- 
spection, you can see that the new sharpener, 
conceived by designer Harald Stallegger, is 
pretty much self-explanatory It operates by 
pulling the knife blade through the carbide 
inserts mounted to the spring-loaded arms 
that cross in the gap of the uprights. 

There are several advantages to a pull- 
through-type sharpener. First, it is simple — 
a definite plus for average folks who are 
not "knife people." It requires simply one 
motion: pull the blade toward you, starting 
at the tang and ending at the tip. 

Second, the carbide inserts do not 
need liquid for lubrication. Many sharp- 
eners require honing oil or water, which 
can get messy. 

Third, the carbide inserts sharpen a 
blade quickly. As a result, you do not spend 
an inordinate amount of time trying to 
achieve a razor-sharp edge on your knife. 

Fourth, the pre-set angle of the spring- 
loaded arms automatically positions the 
blade at the proper angle, so all you have to 
do is insert the blade into the sharpener and 
pull. Yes, it is that simple. 

As Advertised 

For this test, Boker sent me the Vulkanus 
model HS002, which retails for $39.95. 
Most pull-through sharpeners are much 
smaller and thus cost considerably less, 
but the HS002's price tag leans toward the 
fee of a more complicated sharpening kit. 
However, for $39.95, the Vulkanus defi- 
nitely works as advertised. 

The entire unit is made from an impact- 
resistant, molded thermoplastic. It is light- 
weight and its all black appearance is ideal 
for most any setting. A higher-grade version, 
the Vulkanus HS001 (MSRP: $69.95), is 
crafted of polished stainless steel to match 
many kitchen appliances, so it blends right 
in on your countertop. For those on the go 
and/or who prefer an easy-to-pack sharpener, 
there is the lightweight (3 ounces) HS003 
model (MSRP: $19.95), which folds up and 
carries/stores in a pouch. 

Kitchen Companion 

Most household cutlery sets include a 
serrated bread knife and maybe a set of 
serrated steak knives as well. Since the 
Vulkanus hones both serrated- and plain- 
edge knives, it is a versatile sharpener 
that every kitchen needs. 

I tried the Vulkanus HS002 on several 
kitchen knives, using methods outlined in 
the accompanying instruction manual. 

Start by pulling the blade through the 
sharpener at an angle, orienting the knife 
handle toward the countertop surface. 
With your free hand, grab the Vulkanus 
to stabilize the unit — which, by the way, 
has four small rubber feet to keep it from 
"walking" during the sharpening process — 
and, with a firm pulling motion, draw the 
blade through until you get to the tip. By 
angling the handle downward, you apply 
the cutting edge to the crisp edges of the 
carbide inserts, removing steel aggressive- 
ly to quickly reshape dull edges. 

After a few strokes as described, re-orient 
the handle to above parallel with the counter- 
top surface. This positions the blade's cutting 
edge on the flats of the carbide inserts, allow- 
ing the Vulkanus to get the edge razor sharp. 
Meanwhile, the spring-loaded arms ensure 
contact with the cutting edge. 

One thing I noticed during the sharpen- 
ing process was that tiny bits of metal fines 
(particles) would collect on the plastic base 


Next, re-orient the handle to above 
parallel with the countertop surface. 
This positions the blade's cutting 
edge on the flats of the carbide 
inserts, enabling the Vulkanus to get 
the edge razor sharp. Meanwhile, the 
spring-loaded arms ensure contact 
with the cutting edge. 

of the Vulkanus. The fact that the unit is 
black makes the fines easy to see and lets you 
know that the sharpener is doing the job. 

From large chef's knives of 8- and 10- 
inch blade lengths to small paring knives 
with 3 -inch blades and every size in be- 
tween, the Vulkanus sharpens them all 
with ease. Depending on the severity of 
the dullness of the cutting edge, it took me 
about two to three minutes to re-establish 
the edge of an 8 -inch chef's knife. The 
Vulkanus also works well for folding and 
fixed-blade hunting knives. 

Due to the nature of its operational de- 
sign, the Vulkanus cannot sharpen chisel- 
ground and/or thick blades. Chisel-ground 
blades require sharpening on one side (the 
beveled side) only, and the Vulkanus sharp- 
ens both sides of the blade simultaneously, as 
most pull-through models do. Moreover, the 
Vulkanus' slot will not accommodate blades 
of 1/4 -inch-thick stock or thicker. Nonethe- 
less, for most household-type knives, such as 
pocketknives and kitchen knives, the Vulka- 
nus is more than sufficient. 

Bottom Line 

Overall, the Vulkanus is an excellent choice 
of sharpener for those who do not want to 
spend an exorbitant amount of money on a 
complicated sharpening kit, and do not want 
to spend that much time in getting a quality 
edge on their knives. Basically, by using a 
simple pull-through motion, you can use the 
Vulkanus to achieve a good working edge on 
any knife in a minimal amount of time. 

For more information on the Vulkanus family 
of sharpeners, contact Boker USA, attn: 
C. Hoffman, Dept. BL5, 1550 Balsam St., 
Lakewood, CO 80214-5917 800.992.6537 
www. bokerusa. com. 

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Pattern Fancy folder 

Maker Dave Kelly 

Blade Steel 1084 carbon 

Handle Mammoth ivory 

Spacer Vine-fileworked, anodized 

titanium with fileworked/textured 

1084 in between 

Lock Locking liner 

Closed Length 4 5/8" 

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A relatively unknown California 
maker issues a bold statement in 
colorful ancient ivory and temper lines 

Knifemakers can build some note- 
worthy knives but often have diffi- 
culty naming them. Dave Kelly had 
no such trouble with his "Woolly Grouse" 
model — he simply sent a picture of the 
knife to his friend Mike Bartol, and Mike 
took care of the rest. 

"He wrote back saying that the handle 
shape reminded him of a grouse," Dave 
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The resulting knife is not only remark- 

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